Phytoplankton Blooms in the Southern Ocean: Through Satellite Observations

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Phytoplankton are the base of the oceanic food web and supply organic matter to the marine ecosystem.

Abstract: Phytoplankton constitute the primary link in the food web of marine life and are a provider of oxygen. Satellite observations using remote sensing data has proved useful in identifying pockets of phytoplankton bloom, especially in the Southern Ocean.

The author is Scientist at National Centre for Antarctic and Oceanic Research, Goa.