color remote sensing has
profoundly influenced how
oceanographers think about
marine ecosystems and their
variability in space and time.
Satellite ocean color radiometry
(OCR) provides a unique perspective
for studying the processes regulating
marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry
at scales difficult to study with ships and
moorings. Satellite OCR is especially useful when
supported by other in situ and space observations.
In this review, we highlight three areas related to
marine ecosystems and biogeochemical processes to
which satellite observations have made important and
unique contributions: understanding the responses of ocean
ecosystems to physical processes operating at meso- to
global scales, coupled physical-ecosystem-biogeochemical
modeling, and marine living resource management.