Biological Pump and Carbon Exchange Processes (BICEP) project


 
Photo: Algal bloom / contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

The ocean carbon cycle is a vital part of the global carbon cycle. It has been estimated that around a quarter of anthropogenically-produced emissions of CO2, caused from the burning of fossil fuels and land use change, have been absorbed by the ocean. On the other hand, significant advances have been made recently to expand and enhance the quality of a wide range of Remote Sensing based products capturing different aspects of the ocean carbon cycle.

BICEP will bring these developments together to increase understanding of the ocean biological pump and its processes and interactions with the Earth system.

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Publication

Primary Production, an Index of Climate Change in the Ocean: Satellite-Based Estimates over Two Decades
Kulk G, Platt T, Dingle J et al. 2020. Remote Sensing. 12(5):826.

Article

Shedding light on the ocean's living carbon pump
ESA article which looks at the long-term patterns of primary production and its internnual variability from the paper 'Primary Production, an Index of Climate Change in the Ocean: Satellite-Based Estimates over Two Decades' which contibutes to the BICEP project.

Publication

Reconciling models of primary production and photoacclimation [Invited]
Sathyendranath S, Platt T, Kovač Ž et al. 2020. Appl. Opt. 59, C100-C114