On Monday, May 15, from 12:00–1:00 pm please join us for the next Spatial Technology Lunch in Phelps Hall room 3512. This semi-regular series, hosted by spatial@ucsb, aims to promote discussion and interaction within the university’s spatial technology community. Please RSVP to Kitty Currier (kcurrier@spatial.ucsb.edu) by Sunday, May 14. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

 

Ocean Color in the North Atlantic and Beyond

James Allen

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Abstract: Plankton ecosystems of the global ocean profoundly affect climate and life on Earth. The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) is a four-part interdisciplinary field campaign focusing on processes that control marine ecosystems and aerosols in the Western North Atlantic. Here, I will present results from the ocean optics portion of the first two cruises and how they relate to the annual plankton bloom cycle for the region. I will also show how this data will be used to help develop a global bio-optical algorithm that characterizes the global particle and phytoplankton size distribution using satellite remote sensing.

James Allen is a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science and is also housed in the Geography Department here at UCSB. He got his B.S. in Meteorology at the University of Tennessee at Martin, but now studies Ocean Optics and how to apply it as a tool to characterize global biogeochemical cycles. Currently, his research is focused on the NAAMES field campaign and building a satellite algorithm to determine the global particle and phytoplankton size distribution from space.