ISSN 2070-7401 (Print), ISSN 2411-0280 (Online)
Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2015, Vol. 12, No. 6, pp. 99-110

Electronic atlas “Biooptical characteristics of the Russian Seas from satellite ocean color data of 1998-2014”

O.V. Kopelevich 1 , S.V. Vazyulya 1 , I.V. Sahling 1 , S.V. Sheberstov 1 , V.I. Burenkov 1 
1 P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, Moscow, Russia
Every other year since 2002, the Ocean Optics Laboratory IO RAS produces an electronic replenishable atlas of the bio-optical characteristics of the Russian seas that contains data for the study of seasonal and inter-annual changes of the above characteristics of surface water layer in different regions. A new, 8th issue of the atlas contains color maps of mean monthly distributions of the bio-optical characteristics in the Barents, White, Black, and Caspian Seas and diagrams showing variability of the monthly means for different regions. Tables of interannual changeability of different characteristics are given. A set of biooptical parameters includes chlorophyll concentration, particle backscattering coefficient and absorption coefficient of yellow substance, total suspended matter, parameters of the coccolithophore blooms in the Barents and Black Seas. The calculations were made using regional algorithms developed on the basis of field measurements in these seas. A comparison of two calculation versions differing in the completeness and quality of used satellite data is performed. This is important for solving the problem of data requirements optimization. Results for 2013–2014 presented for the first time in the atlas are highlighted.
Keywords: satellite data, color scanner, Russian Seas, biooptical characteristics, seasonal and interannual variability, data completeness and quality
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