ISRO today released the first pictures of its Ocean satellite Oceansat-2 launched on September 23. Oceansat-2 is India’s second remote sensing satellite in the series that will study the ocean atmosphere. It replaces Oceansat-1 launched in 1999.
Global area coverage. © ISRO
Mosaic of Indian region. © ISRO
Northern and western India. © ISRO
ISRO said the three payloads on-board Oceansat-2 — ocean colour monitor (OCM), scatterometer and radio occultation sounder (ROS) for atmospheric studies — have been successfully turned on.
The OCM, a multi-spectral imaging radiometer, provides information on chlorophyll concentration and helps locate potential fisheries zones. The scatterometer, an active microwave sensor, facilitates retrieval of sea-surface wind speed and direction, and monitoring polar sea-ice. The ROS measures parameters pertaining to lower atmosphere and ionosphere.
The data provided by the different sensors on-board Oceansat -2, will also facilitate monitoring of turbidity and suspended sediments, sea-state and sea-surface winds, and meteorological/climatological studies. The satellite collects data over the entire globe once in two days.