Large Marine Ecosystems of the World
Animation Methods
Written by J.E. O'Reilly   

NEW: Time Series Animations Showing Chlorophyll Concentrations Within LME Boundaries


Phytoplankton chlorophyll time-series animations (movies) were constructed for 62 large marine ecosystems (LMEs) for the 15-year period from September 1997 to June 2012 using NASA ocean color satellite data from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS-Aqua) sensor. These sensors carried on satellites in daily orbit have provided comprehensive coverage of the world's oceans (McClain, 2004). Ocean color is a key indicator of chlorophyll, phytoplankton abundance and biomass and provides important data about conditions at the base of the oceans' food chain.