Full Name Ocean Color and Temperature Scanner Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies JAXA Maturity
Instrument Type Ocean colour instruments Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Medium-resolution spectro-radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications OCTS is an optical radiometer to achieve highly sensitive spectral measurement with 12 bands covering visible and thermal infrared region. In the visible and near-infrared bands, the ocean conditions are observed by taking advantage of spectral reflectance of the dissolved substances in the water and phytoplankton.
Resolution Summary
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
Ocean colour/biologyOcean chlorophyll concentration
Ocean topography/currentsOcean surface currents (vector)
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Ocean Colour click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Surface Temperature click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Surface Currents click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
ADEOS - Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (1996 - 1997)