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Ocean Sci., 12, 379-389, 2016
http://www.ocean-sci.net/12/379/2016/
doi:10.5194/os-12-379-2016
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Research article
08 Mar 2016
Remote sensing of chlorophyll in the Baltic Sea at basin scale from 1997 to 2012 using merged multi-sensor data
Jaime Pitarch1, Gianluca Volpe1, Simone Colella1, Hajo Krasemann2, and Rosalia Santoleri1 1Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Italian National Research Council, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Rome, Italy
2Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research GmbH, Max-Planck-Strasse 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
Abstract. A 15-year (1997–2012) time series of chlorophyll a (Chl a) in the Baltic Sea, based on merged multi-sensor satellite data was analysed. Several available Chl a algorithms were sea-truthed against the largest in situ publicly available Chl a data set ever used for calibration and validation over the Baltic region. To account for the known biogeochemical heterogeneity of the Baltic, matchups were calculated for three separate areas: (1) the Skagerrak and Kattegat, (2) the central Baltic, including the Baltic Proper and the gulfs of Riga and Finland, and (3) the Gulf of Bothnia. Similarly, within the operational context of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) the three areas were also considered as a whole in the analysis. In general, statistics showed low linearity. However, a bootstrapping-like assessment did provide the means for removing the bias from the satellite observations, which were then used to compute basin average time series. Resulting climatologies confirmed that the three regions display completely different Chl a seasonal dynamics. The Gulf of Bothnia displays a single Chl a peak during spring, whereas in the Skagerrak and Kattegat the dynamics are less regular and composed of highs and lows during winter, progressing towards a small bloom in spring and a minimum in summer. In the central Baltic, Chl a follows a dynamics of a mild spring bloom followed by a much stronger bloom in summer. Surface temperature data are able to explain a variable fraction of the intensity of the summer bloom in the central Baltic.<

Citation: Pitarch, J., Volpe, G., Colella, S., Krasemann, H., and Santoleri, R.: Remote sensing of chlorophyll in the Baltic Sea at basin scale from 1997 to 2012 using merged multi-sensor data, Ocean Sci., 12, 379-389, doi:10.5194/os-12-379-2016, 2016.
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Several operational satellite chlorophyll a (CHL) in the Baltic Sea were tested at a regional scale. Comparison to an extensive in situ CHL dataset showed low linearity. Bias-corrected CHL annual cycles were computed. The Gulf of Bothnia displays a single CHL peak during spring. In Skagerrak and Kattegat, there is a small bloom in spring and a minimum in summer. In the central Baltic, CHL follows a dynamic of a mild spring bloom followed by a much stronger bloom in summer.
Several operational satellite chlorophyll a (CHL) in the Baltic Sea were tested at a regional...
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