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Coccolithophores blooming in the Barents Sea (V1 dataset)

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The remote-sensing reflectance at 555 nm is a good indicator for the scattering from particles within the water column. In coastal waters this is likely to be inorganic suspended sediments with high values in the open ocean caused by phytoplankton blooms, including coccolithophores and diatoms. In the Barents Sea during August this is most likely to be coccolithophores that are covered in calcium carbonate plates called coccoliths.

Image is displayed using the rainbow colour palette where low values are purple, and then as the concentration increases the colours turn dark blue then light blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

For further information on coccolithophore blooms in the Barents Sea then see the following NASA Observatory article http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=51765&eocn=image&eoci=...