Lidar calibrated satellite sensed primary production in the Southern Ocean

R. Barbini, F. Colao, R. Fantoni, L. Fiorani, I.G. Okladnikov, A. Palucci

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The carbon cycle is among the more important global phenomena affecting the Earth's climate. The Southern Ocean is probably one of the less studied oceanic provinces and a thorough understanding of its role in that natural process requires further study. In this paper, new estimates of the primary production (PP) of Antarctic waters from 1997 to 2003 are provided. They are based on a PP model tuned in Antarctica and on satellite derived chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentrations calculated with an original bio-optical algorithm calibrated with lidar measurements carried out in the Southern Ocean. The results presented here indicate that usual PP models applied to standard Chl-a concentrations can underestimate PP up to 50%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091 - 1101
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Barbini, R., Colao, F., Fantoni, R., Fiorani, L., Okladnikov, I. G., & Palucci, A. (2005). Lidar calibrated satellite sensed primary production in the Southern Ocean. Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, 7(2), 1091 - 1101.