Innovative products

1. Seagrass/macroalgae (SG / MA)

Significance

  • Protected habitat (EU directive);
  • Bioindicator of water quality (WFD), eutrophication, coastal erosion

 

Spatial/temporal resolution

  • 10m (5 days)

 

Limitations 

  • Sensor spectral resolution has an impact on the discrimination between different types of vegetation;
  • The presence of epiphytes can interfere with the signal.
* Barillé L.,ROBIN M., HARIN N., BARGAIN A., Launeau P., 2010. Increase in seagrass distribution at Bourgneuf bay (France) detected by spatial remote sensing. */Aquatic Botany/*/92, 185-194.//
 

2. Phytoplankton size classes (PSC)

Significance

  • It represents thresholds in the continuum range of phytoplankton size fractions from 0.2 μm to 200 μm (normally pico- nano- and micro plankton);
  • Carbon cycling, fisheries & aquaculture management.

 

Spatial/temporal resolution

  • 300m (daily)

 

Limitations 

  • Limitations specific to different retrieval approaches and availability of representative datasets.

* EU FP7-SPACE INFORM project

3. Harmful / indicator species (HAB)

* EU FP7-SPACE INFORM project

4. Phytoplankton primary production

Significance

  • Primary production is an indicator of ecosystem metabolism and the transfer of carbon between the atmosphere and ocean and its uptake by phytoplankton.

 

Spatial/temporal resolution

  • 300m (daily)

 

Limitations 

  • The models require accurate retrieval of Chl, Kd and SST are sensitive to variability in the photosynthetic rates of the phytoplankton community.

* EU FP7-SPACE INFORM project