Advanced Procedure for Estimation of Phytoplankton Fluorescence Quantum Yield Using Remote Sensing Data: A Comparative Study of the Amundsen Sea Polynyas

  • Elena E. Nikonova
  • Evgeny A. Shirshin
  • Victor V. Fadeev
  • Maxim Y. Gorbunov
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


The algorithm for estimation of the quantum yield of phytoplankton fluorescence from the remote sensing satellite of the MODIS tool is discussed in the paper. There is an example of manifestation of the iron limitation in the Amundsen Sea. Amundsen Sea encloses two polynyas: Fe-limited ASP (Amundsen Sea Polynya) and Fe-replete PIP (Pine Island Polynya). We present a procedure for comparing the mean values of the quantum yield of phytoplankton fluorescence in these regions and the requirements for it. To meet these requirements, the data of two satellite systems were analyzed and compared: MODIS and AVHRR. Analysis of the data made it possible to observe the differences in the mean values of the quantum yield of phytoplankton fluorescence in these two regions during the bloom period of the Amundsen Sea phytoplankton in 2012.


Remote sensing MODIS AVHRR Phytoplankton Quantum yield Amundsen sea 



This research was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project No. 16-05-01110 A).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsM.V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of Marine and Coastal SciencesRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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