This data set contains the mean of SeaWiFS chlorophyll generated from the climatology monthly means; the monthly climatologies represent the mean values for each month across the whole dataset time series. Chlorophyll a is a plant pigment which provides a measurement of the biomass (or quantity) of plants. In the water column, it is a measure of the suspended (or planktonic) biomass of single-celled microscopic plants. Chlorophyll is a commonly used measure of water quality. High levels of chlorophyll represent algal blooms. The data are received as monthly composites, with a 4 km resolution, and are constrained to the region between 90E and 180E, and 10N to 60S. The data was sourced from http://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/SeaWiFS/. This dataset is a contribution to the CERF Marine Biodiversity Hub.
This was extracted from the SeaWIFS website being the parts relevant to the 4km mapped SeaWIFS monthly mean chlorophyll, k490, suspended solids and sea surface temperature data. The source of the data was the SeaWIFS website http://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/SeaWiFS/. No additional processing or quality control was undertaken on this data set. The only changes made were to restrict the geographical and temporal coverage to the region between 90E and 180E, and 10N to 60S.