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Estimating oceanic primary productivity from ocean color remote sensing: A strategic assessment

TitleEstimating oceanic primary productivity from ocean color remote sensing: A strategic assessment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLee Z.P, Marra J., Perry M.J, Kahru M
JournalJournal of Marine Systems
Date Published2015/09
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0924-7963
Accession NumberWOS:000356548300005
Keywordscase-i waters; diffuse attenuation coefficient; dissolved organic-matter; fluorescence; induced chlorophyll; inherent optical-properties; marine primary; maximum quantum yield; Ocean color remote sensing; Ocean optics; Primary productivity; production; radiance; sargasso sea; spectral absorption-coefficients; water-leaving

It has long been realized that approaches using satellite ocean-color remote sensing are the only feasible means to quantify primary productivity (PP) adequately for the global ocean. Through decades of dedicated efforts and with the help of various satellite ocean-color missions, great progresses have been achieved in obtaining global PP as well as its spatial and temporal variations. However, there still exist wide differences between satellite estimations and in situ measurements, as well as large discrepancies among results from different models. The reasons for these large differences are many, which include uncertainties in measurements, errors in satellite-derived products, and limitations in the modeling approaches. Unlike previous round-robin reports on PP modeling where the performance of specific models was evaluated and compared, here we try to provide a candid overview of three primary modeling strategies and the nature of present satellite ocean-color products. We further highlight aspects where efforts should be focused in the coming years, with the overarching goal of reducing the gaps between satellite modeling and in situ measurements. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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