Title: Temporal Variability in SeaWiFS Derived Apparent Optical Properties in European Seas
Authors: VANTREPOTTE VincentMELIN Frederic
Citation: CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH vol. 30 no. 3-4 p. 319-334
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC55381
ISSN: 0278-4343
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC55381
DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2009.11.012
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The ten-year record of ocean color data provided by the SeaWiFS mission is an important asset for monitoring and research activities conducted on the optically-complex European seas. This study makes use of the SeaWiFS data set of normalized water leaving radiances LWN to study the major characteristics of temporal variability associated with optical properties across the entire European domain. Specifically, the time series of LWN and associated band ratios are decomposed into terms representing a fixed seasonal cycle, irregular variations and trends, and the contribution of these components to the total variance is described for the various basins. The diversity of the European waters is fully reflected by the range of results varying with regions and wavelengths. Generally, the Mediterranean and Baltic seas appear as two end-members with, respectively, high and low contributions of the seasonal component to the total variance. The existence of linear trends affecting the satellite products is also explored for each basin. By focusing the analysis on LWN and band ratios, the validity of the results is not limited by the varying levels of uncertainty that characterize derived products such as the concentration of chlorophyll a in optically complex waters. Statistically significant, and in some cases large, trends are detected in the Atlantic Ocean west of the European western shelf, the central North Sea, the English Channel, the Black Sea, the northern Adriatic, and various regions of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern Baltic Sea, revealing changes in the concentrations of optically significant constituents in these regions.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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