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https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-759-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-759-2015
Research article
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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

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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.