A 60-year ocean colour data set from the continuous plankton recorder

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/562417
Title:
A 60-year ocean colour data set from the continuous plankton recorder
Authors:
Raitsos, Dionysios E.; Walne, Anthony W.; Lavender, Sam; Licandro, Priscilla; Reid, Philip Chris; Edwards, Martin
Abstract:
The phytoplankton colour index (PCI) of the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey is an in situ measure of ocean colour, which is considered a proxy of the phytoplankton biomass. PCI has been extensively used to describe the major spatiotemporal patterns of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic Ocean and North Sea since 1931. Regardless of its wide application, the lack of an adequate evaluation to test the PCI's quantitative nature is an important limitation. To address this concern, a field trial over the main production season has been undertaken to assess the numerical values assigned by previous investigations for each category of the greenness of the PCI. CPRs were towed across the English Channel from Roscoff to Plymouth consecutively for each of 8 months producing 76 standard CPR samples, each representing 10 nautical miles of tow. The results of this experiment test and update the PCI methodology, and confirm the validity of this long-term in situ ocean colour data set. In addition, using a 60-year time series of the PCI of the western English Channel, a comparison is made between the previous and the current revised experimental calculations of PCI. © 2012 The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Publisher:
Oxford University Press (OUP)
Journal:
Journal of Plankton Research
Issue Date:
20-Nov-2012
DOI:
10.1093/plankt/fbs079
Type:
Article
ISSN:
01427873
Sponsors:
This study was funded by Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS).
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorRaitsos, Dionysios E.en
dc.contributor.authorWalne, Anthony W.en
dc.contributor.authorLavender, Samen
dc.contributor.authorLicandro, Priscillaen
dc.contributor.authorReid, Philip Chrisen
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Martinen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T10:37:27Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-03T10:37:27Zen
dc.date.issued2012-11-20en
dc.identifier.issn01427873en
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/plankt/fbs079en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/562417en
dc.description.abstractThe phytoplankton colour index (PCI) of the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey is an in situ measure of ocean colour, which is considered a proxy of the phytoplankton biomass. PCI has been extensively used to describe the major spatiotemporal patterns of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic Ocean and North Sea since 1931. Regardless of its wide application, the lack of an adequate evaluation to test the PCI's quantitative nature is an important limitation. To address this concern, a field trial over the main production season has been undertaken to assess the numerical values assigned by previous investigations for each category of the greenness of the PCI. CPRs were towed across the English Channel from Roscoff to Plymouth consecutively for each of 8 months producing 76 standard CPR samples, each representing 10 nautical miles of tow. The results of this experiment test and update the PCI methodology, and confirm the validity of this long-term in situ ocean colour data set. In addition, using a 60-year time series of the PCI of the western English Channel, a comparison is made between the previous and the current revised experimental calculations of PCI. © 2012 The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study was funded by Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS).en
dc.publisherOxford University Press (OUP)en
dc.subjectChlorophyllen
dc.subjectCPRen
dc.subjectIn situen
dc.subjectOcean colouren
dc.subjectPCIen
dc.subjectPhytoplanktonen
dc.titleA 60-year ocean colour data set from the continuous plankton recorderen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Plankton Researchen
dc.contributor.institutionSir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (Sahfos), Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth PL1 2PB, United Kingdomen
dc.contributor.institutionMarine Institute, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, United Kingdomen
dc.contributor.institutionPixalytics Ltd, 1 Davy Road, Tamar Science Park, Plymouth PL6 8BY, United Kingdomen
kaust.authorRaitsos, Dionysios E.en
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