Special Issue "Remote Sensing Monitoring of Ocean and Coastal Biogeochemistry"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hae-Cheol Kim
Guest Editor
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research at NOAA/GFDL, Princeton University Forrestal Campus, 201 Forrestal Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
Interests: ocean color; primary productivity of benthic, coastal and oceanic waters; biogeochemically-physically coupled modelling; bio-optics; ecological modeling and forecasting; data assimilation
Dr. SeungHyun Son
Guest Editor
Colorado State University, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, NCWCP building, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740, USA
Interests: remote sensing; ocean color; bio-optical algorithms; water quality; phytoplankton productivity; human/climate-induced changes in marine ecosystem
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Dr. Veronica P. Lance
Guest Editor
NOAA Coast Watch/Ocean Watch/Polar Watch, NCWCP building, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740, USA
Interests: primary productivity; ocean biogeochemistry; ocean satellite remote sensing; ocean color remote sensing; applications for remote sensing data; user training
Dr. Paul M. DiGiacomo
Guest Editor
NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), Chief, Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD), Co-Chair, GEO Blue Planet Initiative, NCWCP building, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740, USA
Interests: marine ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemical cycles; multisensor remote sensing of inland, coastal, and oceanic waters; development and implementation of global and coastal ocean observing networks; linking coastal/ocean data providers and users for research, applications, and management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Accurate predictions of physical/biogeochemical states of marine environments will allow for a wide variety of applications in various time scales, from subseasonal to decadal. Some examples can include real-time monitoring of environmental stressors, seasonal migration of fish stock, larval transport, long-term ecological regime-shift of marine resources, and climate-driven and/or anthropogenic air–sea carbon dioxide dynamics. Such predictions will facilitate the coastal environment management, fishing industry, and fisheries management in establishing more realistic policies and better decision-making. However, due to the spatiotemporal limitations in observations, understanding regional and global marine environmental states has been a challenging task. 

Ocean satellite instruments provide timely observations of important marine environmental properties, such as sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, sea surface height, sea surface winds, sea ice coverage, as well as ocean color. While ocean satellite observations are limited to 2-dimensional surface fields with limited temporal resolutions, they are complementary to those observations from other measurement platforms (e.g., ships, buoys, floats, gliders, drones) given their broader spatial coverage (regional to global), frequent repeats (minutes to days), and time-series looks ranging from synoptic to long-term (multiple satellite mission time scales from years to decades). Remotely-sensed ocean color (e.g., chlorophyll-a concentration and the diffuse attenuation coefficients at 490 nm (Kd(490)) and for photosynthetically available radiation (KdPAR)) is frequently used for deriving up-to-date, biogeochemically-relevant information such as phytoplankton biomass and estimates of primary productivity which are, in turn, important in understanding marine food webs, nutrient and carbon cycling, ecological conditions, etc. Much effort has been made to advance sensing technologies and data processing in marine ecology and biogeochemistry, and their applications are expanding to more diverse properties, other than chlorophyll. Thus, remote sensing has been playing a pivotal role in interdisciplinary oceanographic progress, and it is also through these satellite products from multiple platforms equipped with various ocean-observing sensors that we can provide a foundational path for emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence with big data and data assimilative physical/biogeochemical modeling in support of the end-users’ strategic objectives.

In this Special Issue, we are seeking contributions concerning, but not limited to, applications of remote-sensing data/techniques combined with other approaches to better monitor and/or understand coastal and oceanic marine biogeochemical processes. Especially manuscripts using novel statistical techniques or deterministic approaches with satellite products to derive or map secondary biogeochemical properties of interests are welcome.

Dr. Hae-Cheol Kim
Dr. Seunghyun Son
Dr. Veronica P. Lance
Dr. Paul M. DiGiacomo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ocean color and coastal and oceanic biogeochemistry
  • Ocean color and coastal and oceanic primary productivity
  • Ocean color and regional biogeochemical processes
  • Ocean color and climate processes
  • Ocean color and data assimilation
  • Ocean color and coastal water quality management
  • Ocean color and marine living resources
  • Ocean color and decision supporting tools

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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