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Decadal Comparison of Plankton Levels

The global ocean chlorophyll archive produced by the CZCS was revised using compatible algorithms with SeaWiFS. Both archives were then blended with in situ data to reduce residual errors. This methodology permitted a quantitative comparison of decadal changes in global ocean chlorophyll from the CZCS (1979 - 1986) and SeaWiFS (1997 - 2000) records. Global spatial distributions and seasonal variablility of ocean chlorophyll were similar, but global means decreased over the two observational segments. Major changes were observed regionally: chlorophyll concentrations decreased in the northern high latitudes while chlorophyll in the low latitudes increased. Mid-ocean gyres exhibited limited changes. The overall spatial and seasonal similarity of the two data records suggests that the changes are due to natural variability. These results provide evidence of how the Earth's climate may be changing and how ocean biota respond.
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CZCS data for the Atlantic Ocean with grey land    CZCS data for the Atlantic Ocean with grey land

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CZCS data for the Pacific Ocean with grey land    CZCS data for the Pacific Ocean with grey land

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CZCS data for the world with grey land    CZCS data for the world with grey land

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Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Atlantic Ocean with grey land    Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Atlantic Ocean with grey land

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Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Pacific Ocean with grey land    Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Pacific Ocean with grey land

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Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the world with grey land    Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the world with grey land

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CZCS data of the Atlantic Ocean with black land    CZCS data of the Atlantic Ocean with black land

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CZCS data of the Pacific Ocean with black land    CZCS data of the Pacific Ocean with black land

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CZCS data of the world with black land    CZCS data of the world with black land

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Difference data between the CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Atlantic Ocean with black land    Difference data between the CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Atlantic Ocean with black land

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Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Pacific Ocean with black land    Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the Pacific Ocean with black land

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Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the world with black land    Difference data between CZCS and SeaWiFS for the world with black land

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SeaWiFS data for the Atlantic Ocean with black land    SeaWiFS data for the Atlantic Ocean with black land

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SeaWiFS data for the Pacific Ocean with black land    SeaWiFS data for the Pacific Ocean with black land

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SeaWiFS data for the world with black land    SeaWiFS data for the world with black land

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SeaWiFS data for the Atlantic Ocean with grey land    SeaWiFS data for the Atlantic Ocean with grey land

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SeaWiFS data for the Pacific Ocean with grey land    SeaWiFS data for the Pacific Ocean with grey land

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SeaWiFS data for the world with grey land    SeaWiFS data for the world with grey land

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This color bar gives values for the images demonstrating the difference between CZCS and SeaWiFS data.    This color bar gives values for the images demonstrating the difference between CZCS and SeaWiFS data.

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This color bar gives values for the images demonstrating the CZCS data and the SeaWiFS data.    This color bar gives values for the images demonstrating the CZCS data and the SeaWiFS data.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?2497
Animation Number:2497
Completed:2002-07-30
Animator:Joycelyn Thomson (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
Scientist:Watson Gregg (NASA/GSFC)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:SeaStar/SeaWiFS (1997-2000)
 Nimbus-7/CZCS (1979-1986)
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, The SeaWiFS Project and GeoEye, Scientific Visualization Studio. NOTE: All SeaWiFS images and data presented on this web site are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with GeoEye (http://www.geoeye.com).
 
Keywords:
DLESE >> Biological oceanography
DLESE >> Chemical oceanography
SVS >> Chlorophyll
DLESE >> Ecology
DLESE >> Hydrology
SVS >> Plankton
GCMD >> Location >> Atlantic Ocean
GCMD >> Location >> Pacific Ocean
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Aviation Week and Space Technology, Aug. 19, 2002 issue, p. 17
 
 


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