Ocean Science Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 323–329 | Cite as

Impact of multiple satellite ocean color samplings in a day on assessing phytoplankton dynamics

  • ZhongPing LeeEmail author
  • Mingshun Jiang
  • Curtiss Davis
  • Nima Pahlevan
  • Yu-Hwan Ahn
  • Ronghua Ma
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Issue: GOCI Data Processing and Ocean Applications


Ocean-color imagers on conventional polar-orbiting satellites have a revisit time of ∼2 days for most regions, which is further reduced if the area is frequently cloudy. The Geostationary Ocean Color Imager (GOCI), the first ocean-color imager on a geostationary satellite, provides measurements 8 times a day, thus significantly improving the frequency of measurements for studies of ocean environments. Here, we use results derived from GOCI measurements over Taihu Lake to demonstrate that the extra sampling can be used to improve the accuracy of statistically averaged longer-term (daily) measurements. Additionally, using numerical simulations, we demonstrate that the coupling of diurnal variations of both biomass and photosynthetic available radiation can improve the accuracy of daily primary production estimates. These results echo that higher sampling frequency can improve our estimates of longer-term dynamics of biogeochemical processes and highlights the value of ocean color measurements from geostationary satellites.

Key words

ocean color remote sensing geostationary phytoplankton dynamics 


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© Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI) and the Korean Society of Oceanography (KSO) and Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • ZhongPing Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mingshun Jiang
    • 1
  • Curtiss Davis
    • 2
  • Nima Pahlevan
    • 1
  • Yu-Hwan Ahn
    • 3
  • Ronghua Ma
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean SciencesUniversity of MassachusettsBostonUSA
  2. 2.College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric SciencesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.Korea Ocean Satellite CenterKIOST, AnsanSeoulKorea
  4. 4.Nanjing Institute of Geography and LimnologyChinese Academy of SciencesNanjingChina

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