In the era of Big Data, satellite remote sensing plays a major role in marine and coastal research, by contributing large and long archives of datasets to the scientific community for a wide range of applications. Dating from the 1970s, the generation of polar-orbiting satellite data that cover the entire globe can be as frequent as every 12 hours. Optical, thermal and microwave satellite data are now freely available, and new techniques that combine these datasets are being developed. Research synergies include multi-parameter, multi-instrument, multi-platform and multi-disciplinary approaches. Combining in situ with remote sensing data for development, validation and calibration of algorithms, together with data fusion and assimilation, has brought scientists from different backgrounds together in a novel, innovative way. Adoption of common data and metadata standards, as well as interoperability between platforms and data centres, are now a necessity.
The EU H2020 Coastal Waters Research Synergy Framework (Co-ReSyF) will develop a research platform that facilitates research synergies through data, results and algorithm sharing, thus promoting new knowledge and fostering innovation growth in coastal water research.