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  1. Free, publicly-accessible full text available August 18, 2022
  2. Abstract. A global compilation of in situ data is useful to evaluate thequality of ocean-colour satellite data records. Here we describe the datacompiled for the validation of the ocean-colour products from the ESA OceanColour Climate Change Initiative (OC-CCI). The data were acquired fromseveral sources (including, inter alia, MOBY, BOUSSOLE, AERONET-OC, SeaBASS, NOMAD,MERMAID, AMT, ICES, HOT and GeP&CO) and span the period from 1997 to 2018.Observations of the following variables were compiled: spectralremote-sensing reflectances, concentrations of chlorophyll a, spectralinherent optical properties, spectral diffuse attenuation coefficients andtotal suspended matter. The data were from multi-project archives acquiredvia open internet services or from individual projects,more »acquired directlyfrom data providers. Methodologies were implemented for homogenization,quality control and merging of all data. No changes were made to theoriginal data, other than averaging of observations that were close in timeand space, elimination of some points after quality control and conversionto a standard format. The final result is a merged table designed forvalidation of satellite-derived ocean-colour products and available in textformat. Metadata of each in situ measurement (original source, cruise orexperiment, principal investigator) was propagated throughout the work andmade available in the final table. By making the metadata available,provenance is better documented, and it is also possible to analyse each setof data separately. This paper also describes the changes that were made tothe compilation in relation to the previous version (Valente et al., 2016).The compiled data are available athttps://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.898188 (Valente et al., 2019).« less