Estimation of Size-Fractionated Primary Production from Satellite Ocean Colour in UK Shelf Seas

Curran, K, Brewin, RJW, Tilstone, GH, Bouman, H and Hickman, A 2018 Estimation of Size-Fractionated Primary Production from Satellite Ocean Colour in UK Shelf Seas [in special issue: Ocean Colour] Remote Sensing MDPI, 10 (1389).

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Satellite ocean-colour based models of size-fractionated primary production (PP) have been developed for the oceans on a global level. Uncertainties exist as to whether these models are accurate for temperate Shelf seas. In this paper, an existing ocean-colour based PP model is tuned using a large in situ database of size-fractionated measurements from the Celtic Sea and Western English Channel of chlorophyll-a (Chl a) and the photosynthetic parameters, the maximum photosynthetic rate (PBm ) and light limited slope (aB). Estimates of size fractionated PP over an annual cycle in the UK shelf seas are compared with the original model that was parameterised using in situ data from the open ocean and a climatology of in situ PP from 2009 to 2015. The Shelf Sea model captured the seasonal patterns in size-fractionated PP for micro- and picophytoplankton, and generally performed better than the original open ocean model, except for nanophytoplankton PP which was over-estimated. The overestimation in PP is in part due to errors in the parameterisation of the biomass profile during summer, stratified conditions. Compared to the climatology of in situ data, the shelf sea model performed better when phytoplankton biomass was high, but overestimated PP at low Chl a.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Pico; nano; microphytoplankton; size fractionated; photosynthesis; primary production; ocean colour; remote sensing; Shelf seas; Celtic Sea; Western English Channel
Subjects: Biology
Earth Observation - Remote Sensing
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > National Capability categories > Western Channel Observatory
Depositing User: Gavin Tilstone
Date made live: 04 Sep 2018 08:13
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2018 08:13

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