Topic 4c (part 2) - Ocean colour and models

In this second video on the relationship between ocean colour monitoring and fisheries, Dr Thomas Jackson explains how satellite measurements play a crucial role in developing accurate models for predicting changes in ecosystems and fish stocks.

Ocean colour provides information on primary production relevant to fisheries and marine ecology, which can be used as input into ecosystem models, and help to develop Earth system models used to predict future climate change and support climate change adaptation.

Ecosystem models rely on ocean colour. These models and observations can show consistent features or areas where you have strong gradients in temperature or nutrients in the ocean. Along these so-called fronts you get blooms of phytoplankton, which support large amounts of higher life like zooplankton or fish.

These habitats are constantly shifting around, but models are able to capture this shift and allow scientists to make predictions from earlier in the year to changes in the future.

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  • Dr Thomas Jackson

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