Copepods from space

The first scientific article resulting from our field study in 2017 is published: https://rdcu.be/bh7TV

We show that the red color we observed by satellite can be attributed to pigments of the small (ca. 3 mm) crustacean Calanus finmarchicus

This will help us to learn much more about the regularity of 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.

 

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