Seminarium fizyki atmosfery

Observation of the Ocean Color: Benefit of Lidar Technique

prof. Cédric Jamet

Université du Littoral-Côte d'Opale, Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences


12 kwietnia 2024 13:15, ul. Pasteura 5, B4.58 and online via Google Meet

Active remote sensing of global ocean plankton properties presents a renewed opportunity for overcoming some of the major limitations of passive ocean color data that have challenged the community for decades. Passive remote sensing of ocean color observations has revolutionized our understanding of global plankton ecosystems and provide multi-spectral retrievals at many advantages: multiple wavelength bands, good spatial resolution (300-1000 meters) and on high repetitive cycles (~2 days). However, the ocean color signal is limited to the very near surface layer, provides no information on plankton vertical structure, is extremely limited in polar regions, suffers from cloud cover and absorbing aerosols, and provides no information on day-night changes in plankton properties. Active remote sensing, such as Lidar, can address some of these challenges and would provide an exceptional complement to passive remote observations. In the last decade, lidar systems applied to ocean color have reached maturity thanks to field deployments of multiple airborne and in-situ sensors and to recent studies using lidar measurements from atmospheric satellite missions to obtain significant scientific results in the ocean color field. These advances make the transition to an ocean-optimized satellite system foreseeable in the next generation of missions. This seminar will showcase what has been done so far with lidar through examples of successes in the field and from airborne, in-situ and satellite active sensors and to discuss potential avenues for further advances for ocean application. Additionally, the seminar will open discussion for which features a future ocean-optimized Lidar should possess, such as blue laser, High-Spectral Resolution Lidar, among others.

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