East coast of Canada, including Gulf of Saint Lawrence and Fundy Bay
The Acadia is a large area of the east coast of Canada with a wide range of inland, coastal, shelf and oceanic environments with a large flux of freshwater and corresponding complexity in optical properties. It has been studied for many years by teams at, inter alia, BIO, Halifax (previously lead by Trevor Platt) and the University of Dalhousie (lead by Shubha Sathyendranath) with extensive publications on remote sensing and investigations into Biogeographic provinces, links to ecosystems and fisheries and in situ optics (e.g. Devred et al. 2007). The Canadian validation programme has two sites within this user area.
The East coast region has Atlantic ocean and Scotia shelf waters and relatively few in situ validation points (Larouche, 2009). The second area is the St Lawrence where there is greater number of data and validation of MERIS RR has already been done. Trevor Platt, Shubha Sathyendranath and colleagues from BIO, notably Edward Horne have collected data (optical and biological) in the Bay of Fundy area as part of a CSA project. This data set will be made available to CoastColour Project.