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Pools of Carbon in the Ocean

Project References
Acronym SEOM POCO
Full title Pools of Carbon in the Ocean
Cost 250K €
Action line R&D Studies for Advanced Methods
Status Kicked Off on 20/03/2015
Missions ENVISAT/MERIS, Sentinel-3/OLCI, SeaWiFS, EOS-AQUA/MODIS, VIIRS
Project Description
Objectives

The POCO project objectives are:

  • Examine, evaluate, improve and implement algorithms for estimating pools of carbon in the ocean from satellite data, and to evaluate their readiness for use in climate-change studies.
  • Compare methods used by ecosystem modelers to convert between carbon and chlorophyll, to assess whether any of these approaches can be adapted for application in remote sensing.
  • Compare satellite-based outputs with those derived from models, and interpret the differences according to the underlying assumptions in the models, and with respect to the environmental driving variables, such as temperature, light and nutrients.
  • Engage the user community, especially the ecosystem-modeling community, in discussion about how value-added products generated from this project, including particulate and possibly dissolved pools of carbon can help address hitherto unresolved issues in marine ecosystem modeling

Abstract

The Pools of Carbon in the Ocean project (POCO) will explore satellite algorithms to quantify the particulate, and possibly dissolved, pools of carbon in the ocean. The work involves comparison of space-based results with those from ecosystem models, and validation of satellite algorithms against in situ data.

Website

http://www.oceancarbon.net/

Results

Q2/2016

Project Consortium
Prime Contractor Plymouth Marine Lab (UK)
Subcontractors HZG (D), Univ. of Southampton (UK), Univ. of Reading (UK)
Project Manager Name: Dr. Victor Martinez Vicente (PML)
Email: vmv@pml.ac.uk
Technical Officer Dr.P.Regner
Email: peter.regner@esa.int



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