Size fractionated estimates of phytoplankton primary production from satellite in the UK shelf seas
The fixation of atmospheric carbon by phytoplankton contributes significantly to carbon flux through different trophic pathways in the marine environment, though this differs depending on the phytoplankton group or class. Trends in carbon fixation in different phytoplankton groups over time could shift under the influence of climate change. In situ methods used to monitor these are limited both spatially and temporally.
Aims and objectives
This NERC funded PhD will develop and validate remote sensing algorithms of size fractionated production for the UK shelf seas. It will generate a time series using merged ocean colour data over many missions and compare trends in contrasting shelf seas.