The objective of the ESA funded project “Development of MERIS Lake Water Algorithms” (January 2007 – June 2008) was to develop and validate a plug-in module for the BEAM toolbox that allows the retrieval of water quality parameters in lake waters from MERIS imagery. For this purpose, new algorithms were developed, based on the optical properties of lakes and
atmospheric aerosols from different areas of Europe.
The validation campaigns were carried out in eleven lakes in Finland, Germany and Spain. A summary of the main validation results is presented.