NetCOLOR is a network of Canadian experts and end-users in the field of aquatic colour remote sensing established in 2014 through funding from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Its main purpose is to provide a means for researchers and other people working in the field of aquatic remote sensing to create an efficient and united centre of expertise through the development of a national strategy for research, training and dissemination of water colour products.The specific objectves of the network are to:
In accordance with the Oceans Act, NetCOLOR will assist in reaffirming Canada's role as a world leader in ocean and marine resource management and help to promote understanding of the oceans, marine ecosystems and aquatic processes while fostering the sustainable development of oceans and their resources.
NetCOLOR will improve the synergy among government and university aquatic remote sensing (AOR) scientists. The concerted efforts will provide input in the planning of future AOR missions and consolidate the data available in a format that can be readily exploited by end-users for diverse applications such fisheries, aquacuture, marine ecosystem research, freshwater quality and climate change modelling. It is anticipated that the cooperation between Canadian laboratories will lead to further research projects using satellite AOR radiometry and reinforce Canada's position at the forefront of AOR research.