Title: Assessing the Dynamics of Ecological Provinces in the European Seas
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC30857
Other Identifiers: EUR 21514 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC30857
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The concept of oceanographic provinces has existed for almost a century, providing a useful framework for understanding the mechanisms controlling biological, physical and chemical processes in the ocean and their interactions. This work is an attempt to identify and map marine provinces using satellite observations related to biological processes such as phytoplankton primary production. The approach is based on fuzzy logic as a means of classifying the European Seas into objectively defined areas. The analysis has identified nine domains based on three important variables, surface chlorophyll concentration, sea surface temperature, and available radiation for photosynthesis. These domains were subsequently mapped over the European geographical window using satellite ocean colour and temperature data. The method displays correctly most important productive and unproductive zones, as well as captures the dynamic nature of the marine systems. This study has been conducted in the frame of the institutional project ECOMAR (Monitoring and Assessment of Marine Ecosystems, Action # 2121) within the Inland and Marine Unit of the Institute for Environment & Sustainabilility.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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