International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group

Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Challenger Drive, Dartmouth, NS, Canada
Established: 1996
Organisation type: Programme
Geographical scope:
Member countries:
Participating countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, Netherlands, Russian Federation, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

To promote the application of remotely-sensed ocean-colour and inland water radiometry data, across all aquatic environments, through coordination, training, liaison between providers and users, advocacy and provision of expert advice.

Organisation’s mission:

• To serve as a communication and coordination channel between the space agencies and the satellite ocean colour/inland water user community in order to advance ocean-colour science and its applications.
• To develop a collective voice for the community of users of ocean colour data and to articulate this voice to the appropriate international bodies, international scientific programs and space agencies.
• To promote the long-term continuity of satellite ocean colour data sets; the development of operational, ocean colour data services and new generations of ocean colour sensors; and the integration of data from complementary ocean sensors.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):

- To foster expertise in using ocean-colour data (training)
- To advocate the importance of ocean-colour data to the global community
- Optimize quality of data for calibration and validation
- Advocate the collection of essential ocean and atmosphere data
- Facilitate merging and access to ocean-colour data.


  • Coordination
  • International
  • Protocols
  • Satellite ocean colour radiometry
  • Training


  • Advocating for Earth (ocean) observations
  • Providing scientific advice for policy makers
  • Training scientists/technicians