An optical radiometer that measured the ocean colours and sea surface temperatures from its position aboard the Japanese Advanced Earth-Observing Satellite. OCTS provided data on global ocean colours from its launch in August 1996 until it lost power in June 1997. Its information increased the understanding of marine ecosystems, the marine carbon cycle, and the carbon exchange between the atmosphere and ocean. OCTS was a successor to the coastal zone colour scanner.
Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.