Recent developments in the use of light polarization for marine environment monitoring from space

  • Tristan HarmelEmail author
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The measurement by satellite sensors of the light field backscattered from the atmosphere– ocean system is a powerful tool to monitor marine ecosystems, carbon cycle, or water quality on the global scale. Indeed, the color of the ocean, defined by the spectral behavior of the radiance exiting through the sea surface, is a good indicator of the phytoplankton pigments (e.g., chlorophyll a) and particulate content (e.g., particulate organic carbon) of the surface layer of the ocean.


Particulate Organic Carbon Atmospheric Correction Chromophoric Dissolve Organic Matter Colored Dissolve Organic Matter Stokes Parameter 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire Océanographie de VillefrancheUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieVillefranche sur MerFrance

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