Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
Research article
25 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 25 Sep 2015

Spatio-temporal variability of micro-, nano- and pico-phytoplankton in the Mediterranean Sea from satellite ocean colour data of SeaWiFS

M. Sammartino, A. Di Cicco, S. Marullo, and R. Santoleri


Interactive discussion

Status: closed
Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version Supplement - Supplement
Short summary
We describe the seasonal and year-to-year variability of the spatial distribution of the phytoplankton size classes (PSCs) in the Mediterranean Sea using the time series of Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) observations (1998 to 2010). We used a chlorophyll-a-based model to estimate the phytoplankton composition. Our results, based on ocean colour data, confirm the seasonal and inter-annual pattern of the phytoplankton community observed from in situ data and in previous studies.