ESA recently funded the development of the Ocean Virtual Laboratory (OVL), a virtual platform that allows oceanographers to discover and explore the various co-located EO datasets and related model/in situ datasets over dedicated regions of interest, with a different multifaceted point of view. It is now possible to exploit the synergy between ESA’s Sentinel 1, 2 and 3 instruments and other mission EO datasets, together with in situ measurements in complex waters, to improve scientific understanding of ocean and coastal processes and impacts.
The Ocean Virtual Laboratory fills the gap between space agencies’ data portals that distribute EO datasets intended for in-depth analysis, and the requirements of the versatile user community that may wish to rapidly visualize various remote sensing and in situ datasets simultaneously. If you haven’t tried it yet, take a look at the OVL WebClient and play around with the tool. Its development is fully operational and is evolving with users needs.