Speaker: David Siegel
Institution: UC Santa Barbara
One of the goals of satellite ocean color remote sensing is to develop a predictive understanding of the functioning of ocean ecosystems and their roles in the global carbon cycle. Here I present a review of the use of satellite observations to understand the global ocean carbon cycle. The focus will be on recent work aimed at quantifying the pathways that control the fates of organic carbon in the ocean using a synthesis of satellite ocean color observations and ecosystem models. I will also talk about future directions including results and plans from the EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS), a NASA field campaign aimed to develop a predictive understanding of the export and fate of global ocean primary production and its implications for the Earth’s carbon cycle in present and future climates.
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