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Dr Victor Martinez-Vicente

Bio-optical oceanographer



Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100

vmv20/10/2017 22:35:07@pml.ac.uk

I am a bio-optical oceanographer whose research focuses on understanding the interaction of living and non-living particles with light in the ocean, with the aim of improving the interpretation of ocean colour from space. I have been working at PML since 2002, collecting high quality measurements of optical properties in-situ and under laboratory conditions. This work has been used to develop new remote sensing products such as phytoplankton carbon, to improve detection of Harmful Algal Blooms and to improve the parameterisation of light in data assimilation schemes of ocean colour data into coupled physical-biogeochemical models. The results of this analysis have also been published in a range of peer-reviewed scientific journals. I have also played an active role in both securing and managing international grants and projects.

Recent work is focused on coastal waters, using autonomous platforms to collect data for satellite validation at high spatial resolution to improve detection of harmful algal blooms for aquaculture applications.

Other key projects

  • ISECA Information system on Eutrophication of our coastal areas. InterregIV Mer-2-Seas. 

Recent publications

  • Riddick, CAL; Hunter, PD; Tyler, AN; Martinez-Vicente, V; Horváth, H; Kovács, AW; Vörös, L; Preston, T; Présing, M. 2015 Spatial variability of absorption coefficients over a biogeochemical gradient in a large and optically complex shallow lake. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120 (10). 7040-7066. 10.1002/2015JC011202
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  • Nechad, B; Ruddick, KG; Schroeder, T; Oubelkheir, K; Blondeau-Patissier, D; Cherukuru, RCN; Brando, VE; Dekker, AG; Clementson, LA; Banks, AC; Maritorena, S; Werdell, J; Sa, C; Brotas, V; Caballero de Frutos, I; Ahn, Y-H; Salama, S; Tilstone, GH; Martinez-Vicente, V; Foley, D; McKibben, M; Nahorniak, J; Peterson, T; Silio-Calzada, A; Röttgers, R; Lee, ZP; Peters, M; Brockmann, C. 2015 CoastColour Round Robin datasets: a database to evaluate the performance of algorithms for the retrieval of water quality parameters in coastal waters.. Earth System Science Data, 7. 319-348. 10.5194/essd-7-319-2015
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  • Barnes, MKS; Tilstone, GH; Suggett, DJ; Widdicombe, CE; Bruun, JT; Martinez-Vicente, V; Smyth, TJ. 2015 Temporal variability in total, micro- and nano-phytoplankton primary production at a coastal site in the Western English Channel. Progress in Oceanography, 137. 470-483. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.017
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  • Agirbas, E; Martinez Vicente, V; Brewin, RJW; Racault, M-FLP; Llewellyn, CA. 2015 Temporal changes in total and size-fractioned chlorophyll-a in surface waters of three provinces in the Atlantic Ocean (September to November) between 2003 and 2010. Journal of Marine Systems, 150. 56-65. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2015.05.008
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  • Browning, T; Stone, K; Bouman, H; Mather, TA; Pyle, DM; Martinez-Vicente, V. 2015 Volcanic ash supply to the surface ocean – remote sensing of biological responses and their wider biogeochemical significance. Frontiers in Marine Science. 10.3389/fmars.2015.00014
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  • Ciavatta, S; Torres, R; Martinez-Vicente, V; Smyth, TJ; Dall’Olmo, G; Polimene, L; Allen, JI. 2014 Assimilation of remotely-sensed optical properties to improve marine biogeochemistry modelling. Progress in Oceanography, 127. 74-95. 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.06.002
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Selected key publications

Martinez-Vicente V., Simis S.G.H., Alegre R., Land P.E., Groom S.B. (2013) Initial results with automated ship-borne reflectance measurements and data processing in near-coastal waters in the Western Channel. Jour. Of Euro. Opt. Soc. Rapid Publications.,8, doi: 10.2971/jeos.2013.13060.

Martinez-Vicente, V., Dall’Olmo, G., Tarran, G., Boss, E., Sathyendranath S. (2013) Optical backscattering is correlated with the phytoplankton carbon across the Atlantic Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-5, doi:10.1002/grl.50252.

Martinez-Vicente, V., Tilstone, G. H., Sathyendranath, S., Miller, P., Groom, S. B. (2012) Contributions of phytoplankton and bacteria to the optical backscattering coefficient over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 445, 37-51.


 

Other activities

Editor in Frontiers of Marine Science