Phytoplankton and sediments in the southern North Sea
Southern North Sea
Date of acquisition: April 28th, 2021 | 10:45:31 UTC
Sensor: Sentinel-3B OLCI Level-1 und Level-2 Water
Coordinates: 52°N, 3°E
Suspended Matter is transported from West to East, forming horizontal waves in a north-south direction, i.e., perpendicular to its propagation, because their distribution is influenced by the bottom topography. The sea floor lies no more than 50 m below the surface.
Adjacent to this sediment plume, is a large phytoplankton bloom, already visible in the RGB in darker colours south of the brighter sediment loaded waters. The area covered by phytoplankton in the bottom image is about 5,100 – 5,300 km2.