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Arctic coastal pathways of organic matter

Heim Birgit(1), Schirrmeister Lutz(1) and Overduin Paul(1)

(1) Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany


The International Polar Year (IPY) project ‘OCoc- from Ocean Colour to Organic Carbon’ (2008-2010) is an Ocean Colour (OC) study of the specific bio-optical setting of Arctic coastal waters. In the summer of 2008, biogeochemical investigations and spectral measurements of the underwater light field will be undertaken in the Southeastern Laptev Sea (Arctic Siberia). Field data and additional archived Arctic cruise data will be the basis for spectral remote sensing algorithms for near-coast dissolved organic matter (cDOM). MERIS OC satellite data are available for scientific investigations, providing spatial information on the optically differing water masses. The output of the project will be circum-Arctic maps of the organic matter pathways in the coastal zone.


Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry