Plot showing a comparison model

Comparison of model plankton-type biomass (mgCm<sup>-3</sup>) with compilation of biomass from MAREDAT. For more details see Dutkiewicz et al, 2015

The products developed by POCO are based on the requirements of the ecosystem modelling user community. The requirements were gathered through a user consultation that gathered almost 200 responses from the scientific community.

One outcome from this consultation was the need to provide phytoplankton carbon and particulate organic carbon from satellite, as current data sets have sparse temporal and spatial coverage (See figure).

Once satellite products are validated in POCO, they will be compared with models outputs. However, it is also expected that during the life of POCO, formulations of the carbon-to-chlorophyll from dynamic ecosystem models will be used to develop a new generation of satellite algorithms.