Copepods from space

In our first scientific publication we show that the pigments of the small (ca. 3 mm) crustacean Calanus finmarchicus are visible from space!

Calanus finmarchicus
Calanus finmarchicus. Picture by Malin Daase

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These findings will help us to learn much more about zooplankton patches. How often do large surface patches occur? Do they follow the phytoplankton bloom? Are they purely shaped by oceanic currents? All these questions, which have been very difficult to answer based on traditional sampling methods, will now be much more easy to understand.