Phytoplankton carbon is an important parameter in ocean biogeochemistry, providing insight into the proportion of particulate organic carbon directly associated with primary productivity and the oceanic carbon pump. As such, it is critical input to primary productivity algorithms. This algorithm returns the concentration of phytoplankton carbon (Cphyt) in mg m-3, calculated using an empirical relationship derived from field data between analytical measurements of Cphyt and particulate backscattering coefficient, which is taken from the standard IOP product of MODIS.
• Validated Stage: Stage 1
• Algorithm Point of Contact: Jeremy Werdell