How Can Present and Future Satellite Missions Support Scientific Studies that Address Ocean Acidification?

Type Article
Date 2015-06
Language English
Author(s) Salisbury Joseph1, Vandemark Douglas1, Joensson Bror2, Balch William3, Chakraborty Sumit4, Lohrenz Steven4, Chapron Bertrand5, Hales Burke6, Mannino Antonio7, Mathis Jeremy T.8, Reul NicolasORCID9, Signorini Sergio R.10, 11, Wanninkhof Rik12, Yates Kimberly K.13
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ New Hampshire, Ocean Proc Anal Lab, Durham, NH 03824 USA.
2 : Princeton Univ, Geosci, Princeton, NJ 08544 USA.
3 : Bigelow Lab Ocean Sci, East Boothbay, ME USA.
4 : Univ Massachusetts Dartmouth, Sch Marine Sci & Technol, New Bedford, MA USA.
5 : IFREMER, Lab Oceanog Spatiale, Plouzane, France.
6 : Oregon State Univ, Coll Earth Ocean & Atmospher Sci, Corvallis, OR 97331 USA.
7 : NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Ocean Ecol Div, Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA.
8 : NOAA, Pacific Marine Environm Lab, Seattle, WA 98115 USA.
9 : IFREMER, Lab Oceanog Spatiale, La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
10 : Sci Applicat Int Corp, Mclean, VA 22102 USA.
11 : NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA.
12 : NOAA, Atlantic Oceanog & Meteorol Lab, Miami, FL 33149 USA.
13 : US Geol Survey, St Petersburg, FL USA.
Source Oceanography (1042-8275) (Oceanography Soc), 2015-06 , Vol. 28 , N. 2 , P. 108-121
DOI 10.5670/oceanog.2015.35
WOS© Times Cited 13
Abstract Space-based observations offer unique capabilities for studying spatial and temporal dynamics of the upper ocean inorganic carbon cycle and, in turn, supporting research tied to ocean acidification (OA). Satellite sensors measuring sea surface temperature, color, salinity, wind, waves, currents, and sea level enable a fuller understanding of a range of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena that drive regional OA dynamics as well as the potentially varied impacts of carbon cycle change on a broad range of ecosystems. Here, we update and expand on previous work that addresses the benefits of space-based assets for OA and carbonate system studies. Carbonate chemistry and the key processes controlling surface ocean OA variability are reviewed. Synthesis of present satellite data streams and their utility in this arena are discussed, as are opportunities on the horizon for using new satellite sensors with increased spectral, temporal, and/or spatial resolution. We outline applications that include the ability to track the biochemically dynamic nature of water masses, to map coral reefs at higher resolution, to discern functional phytoplankton groups and their relationships to acid perturbations, and to track processes that contribute to acid variation near the land-ocean interface.
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Salisbury Joseph, Vandemark Douglas, Joensson Bror, Balch William, Chakraborty Sumit, Lohrenz Steven, Chapron Bertrand, Hales Burke, Mannino Antonio, Mathis Jeremy T., Reul Nicolas, Signorini Sergio R., Wanninkhof Rik, Yates Kimberly K. (2015). How Can Present and Future Satellite Missions Support Scientific Studies that Address Ocean Acidification? Oceanography, 28(2), 108-121. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :