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This data set contains Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) imagery for the eight core study sites of Mongu, Etosha, Kasangu, Skukuza, Mutoko, Mzola, Nampula, and Ndola. There are two main sets of local area coverage (LAC) data, Level-1 and Level-2 200-km x 200-km image subsets for seven of the sites and 400-km x 400-km image subsets for the Etosha site. The data files presented here were selected from a large collection of SeaWiFS images based on image clarity and lack of clouds. Several hazy days were included as a contrast. The data are provided in HDF format files.

The SeaWiFS sensor, launched in late 1997, collects data in 8 bands ranging from 402 nm to 885 nm. SeaWiFS data are available at two spatial resolutions, local area coverage (LAC) at 1.1 km and global area coverage (GAC) at 4.5-km resolution. There are many additional images available at the SeaWiFS Web site.

More information about this dataset can be found in the companion document, SAFARI 2000 SeaWiFS Site and Regional Imagery Descriptions.

ORNL DAAC maintains information on the entire SAFARI 2000 Project.

Data Citation:

Cite this data set as follows:

Feldman, G. C. 2002. SAFARI 2000 SeaWiFS Images for Core Study Sites, 2000-2001. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/624.


Hu, C.M., K.L. Carder, F.E. Muller-Karger. How precise are SeaWiFS ocean color estimates? Implications of digitization-noise errors. Remote Sens Environ 76: (2) 239-249, May 2001.

Hooker, S.B., C.R. McClain. The calibration and validation of SeaWiFS data. Prog Oceanogr 45: (3-4) 427-465, 2000.

Barnes, R.A., R.E. Eplee, F.S. Patt, et al. Changes in the radiometric sensitivity of SeaWiFS determined from lunar and solar-based measurements. Applied Optics 38: (21) 4649-4664, Jul 20 1999.

McClain, C.R., M.L. Cleave, G.C. Feldman, W.W. Gregg, S.B. Hooker, N. Kuring. Science quality SeaWiFS data for global biosphere research. Sea Technology 39: (9) 10-16, Sep 1998.

Data Format:

For information on the SeaWiFS images spatial coverage, projection, parameter descriptions, data file formats, and file compression information refer to the companion file, SAFARI 2000 SeaWiFS Site and Regional Imagery Descriptions (

Document Information:

January 15, 2002

Document Review Date:

January 15, 2002

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