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


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 190-199

Seasonal and interannual variations of the biooptical characteristics of the Black Sea from satellite data

V.I. Burenkov , O.V. Kopelevich , S.V. Sheberstov , S.V. Vazulya 
P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, 117997, Nakhimovskii pr. 36, Moscow, Russia
The MODIS-Aqua satellite data are used for study of seasonal and inter-annual variability of chlorophyll concentration and of the particle backscattering coefficient in the Black Sea. The main causes of seasonal variability of biooptical characteristics are analyzed, and connection between Sea Surface temperature (SST) in winter and the values of biooptical characteristics in spring and summer is studied. Satellite data have revealed the anticorrelation between the SST mean in February and the chlorophyll concentration in March as well as the particle backscattering coefficient in June. The appropriate satellite maps are presented. Possible causes of this phenomenon are considered.
Keywords: satellite scanner MODIS, Black Sea, chlorophyll, suspended matter, river runoff, coccolithophore bloom, sea surface temperature
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