Phytoplankton phenology in the global ocean

  • Racault M
  • Le Quéré C
  • Buitenhuis E
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Abstract

In recent years, phytoplankton phenology has been proposed as an indicator to monitor systematically the state of the pelagic ecosystem and to detect changes triggered by perturbation of the environmental conditions. Here we describe the phenology of phytoplankton growth for the world ocean using remote-sensing ocean colour data, and analyse its variability between 1998 and 2007. Generally, the tropics and subtropics present long growing period (15-20 weeks) of low amplitude (

Author-supplied keywords

  • Climate forcing
  • Ecological indicator
  • Interannual variability
  • Phytoplankton phenology
  • Remote sensing

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