Satellite Phytoplankton Functional Type Algorithm Intercomparison Projectt

Welcome to Satellite PFT Intercomparison Project site


26 Nov. 2016
An intercomparison paper by Dr. Kostadinov was accepted for publication in Remote Sensing of Environment.

26 Nov. 2016
The Satellite PFT algorithm intercomparison meeting was held at the Ocean Optics XXIII conference on 26 Oct (wed) in Victoria, Canada.

8 July. 2016
A User Guide manuscript has been submitted by Dr.Mouw

18 May. 2016
An Intercomparison manuscript has been submitted by Dr.Kostadinov

24 Apr. 2016
6th Satellite PFT intercomparison meeting will be held on Wed 26 October 2016, during the Ocean Optics conference.

7 Apr. 2016
Prof. Dr. Astrid Bracher has joined co-chairs.

15 Jun. 2015
5th Satellite PFT intercomparison meeting was during 2015 IOCS meeting in San Francisco, US.

Date: 15th June 2015
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Location: Commandant's room, Marines Memorial Club and Hotel, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

30 Jan. 2015
Report from IOCS Follow-on workshop was published as NASA technical memorandum (NASA/TM-2015-217528).

12 Sep. 2014
IOCS Follow-on Workshop will be held at "Holiday Inn by the Bay" in Maine, US, 25- 26 October 2014 (invited only)

21 May. 2014
Several members of the project contributed to International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group Report 15.

13 May. 2014
In situ data base is available for members of the Phytoplankton Functional Type (PFT) Algorithm Intercomparison Project

22 Apr. 2014
A proposal by Drs. Bracher, N. Hardman-Mountford and T. Hirata has been accepted by IOCCG to hold a IOCS follow-up meeting around the Ocean Optics conference in Maine, US in Oct. 2014.

23 Nov. 2013
4th Satellite PFT intercomparison meeting will be held during 2014 Ocean Science Meeting, Hawaii, US.

Date: 27th Feb 2014
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Room 319AB, Hawaii Convention Center (Same venue as 2014 Ocean Science Meeting)

20 Aug. 2013
Satellite Phytoplankton Functional Type Algorithm Intercomparison Project web page is constructed.

Satellite observations of ocean color have become synonymous with derivations of chlorophyll-a concentration as a proxy for phytoplankton biomass. In addition, a number of satellite algorithms for estimating the phytoplankton community structure have been developed that provide size-structure estimates of phytoplankton and detect taxonomic groups (termed phytoplankton functional types, or PFTs). These new algorithms provide an increased level of observational detail for ecosystem and biogeochemical studies of the role of phytoplankton in marine systems. With the goal of comparing and improving understanding of these new approaches, an international effort was put together under the endorsement by the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG), following the publication of 1st intercomparison* in Remote Sensing of Environment back in 2011. The project involves participants from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with expertise in both satellite algorithm development and in situ observations.

*Brewin, R.J.W., N.J. Hartman-Mountford, S.J. Lavender, D.E. Raitsos, T. Hirata, J. Uitz, E. Devred, A. Bricaud, A.M. Ciotti and B. Gentili (2011). An intercomparison of bio-optical techniques for detecting dominant phytoplankton size class from satellite remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 325_339.