SABIA-MAR

El proyecto SABIA-Mar (Satélite Argentino Brasileño para Información del Mar) es un programa de cooperación entre la CONAE, la Agencia Espacial Brasileña (AEB) y el Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Espaciales (INPE) de Brasil, con aplicaciones prioritarias en la observación del mar y costas.

Introduction

The Argentinean National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), and the Brazilian National Space Development Institute (INPE), are jointly developing the SABIAMAR mission in the framework of a space cooperation program between CONAE & AEB.

The SABIA-Mar mission is conceived to provide information and products to studies of ocean ecosystems, carbon cycling, marine habitats mapping, coasts and coastal hazards, inland waters, and contribute to fishery activities.

Ocean color satellite low and medium resolution data are used to study globally and regionally the ocean's biosphere, its changes in time and how it is affected by and responds to anthropogenic activities. Satellite "ocean color" sensors are necessary to detect and quantify trends in global ocean biogeochemical properties from seasonal to decadal time scales. Half of the Earth’s primary production occurs in the ocean. Ocean color data are a key variable for estimating phytoplankton primary production, which in turn is related to the uptake of carbon dioxide. Quality controlled ocean color observations have also important applications such as monitoring changes in water quality, following coastal sediment transport (erosion), detecting harmful algal blooms, supporting sustainable fisheries and aquiculture activities. These applications are relevant to studies of ocean ecosystems, carbon cycling, marine habitats mapping and coastal hazards.