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Steve Groom

Head of Science - Earth Observation Science and Applications

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Mr Steve Groom is a Head of Science at PML, leading the Earth Observation science and applications area which focuses on the science and application of remote sensing to observe and understand coastal and marine processes and to validate and support model predictions.

Steve's interests include near-real time and operational Earth observation, biological processes in the eastern Mediterranean, coccolithophore blooms, harmful algal blooms, airborne remote sensing, web-based visualisation and integration of data.

Steve is the Director of the NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) in Plymouth and Head of Node for the Airborne Research and Survey Facility.



Portugal Twinning for Innovation and Excellence in Marine Science and Earth Observation (PORTWIMS)

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Through innovation, collaboration and capacity building, PORTWIMS aims to enhance the science, technology and profile of marine science at the...


Earth observation for sustainable development (EO4SD) - marine resources

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The world’s oceans generate goods and services with an estimated value of over $49.7 trillion per annum, equivalent to the world’s...

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Other key projects



NERC GloboLakes

EAMNet (Europe Africa Marine Network)

ESA Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative

ESA CoastColour


Interreg ISECA

Recent publications

  • Beca-Carretero, PP; Otero, J; Land, PE; Groom, SB; Alvarez-Salgado, XA. 2019 Seasonal and inter-annual variability of net primary production in the NW Iberian margin (1998–2016) in relation to wind stress and sea surface temperature. Progress in Oceanography, 178. 102135.
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  • Bradley, C; Bowes, MJ; Brils, J; Friedrich, J; Gault, J; Groom, SB; Hein, T; Heininger, P; Michalopoulos, P; Panin, N; Schultz, M; Stanica, A; Andrei, I; Tyler, A; Umgiesser, G. 2018 Advancing integrated research on European river–sea systems: the DANUBIUS-RI project. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 34 (6). 1-12.
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  • Valente, A; Sathyendranath, S; Brotas, V; Groom, SB; Grant, MG; Taberner, M; Antoine, D; Arnone, R; Balch, WM; Barker, K; Barlow, R; Bélanger, S; Berthon, J-F; Beşiktepe, Ş; Brando, V; Canuti, E; Chavez, F; Claustre, H; Crout, R; Frouin, R; Garcia-Soto, C; Gibb, SW; Gould, R; Hooker, S; Kahru, M; Klein, H; Kratzer, S; Loisel, H; McKee, D; Mitchell, BG; Moisan, T; Muller-Karger, F; O'Dowd, L; Ondrusek, M; Poulton, AJ; Repecaud, M; Smyth, TJ; Sosik, HM; Twardowski, M; Voss, K; Werdell, J; Wernand, M; Zibordi, G. 2016 A compilation of global bio-optical in situ data for ocean-colour satellite applications. Earth System Science Data, 8 (1). 235-252.
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  • Markelin, L; Simis, SGH; Hunter, P; Spyrakos, E; Tyler, A; Clewley, D; Groom, SB. 2017 Atmospheric Correction Performance of Hyperspectral Airborne Imagery over a Small Eutrophic Lake under Changing Cloud Cover. Remote Sensing, 9 (1). 2-22.
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  • Tilstone, GH; Mallor-hoya, S; Gohin, F; Bel Couto, A; Sa, C; Gloela, P; Cristina, S; Airs, RL; Icely, J; Zuhlke, M; Groom, SB. 2017 Which Ocean Colour algorithm for MERIS in NW European coastal waters?. Remote Sensing of Environment, 189. 132-151.
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  • Taylor, BH; Groom, SB; Miller, PI; Lonie, N; Parkes, S. 2015 Applications of Satellite Earth Observations section - NEODAAS: Providing satellite data for efficient research. In: Applications of Satellite Earth Observations: Serving Society, Science, & Industry. Japan, Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, 212-214, 3pp.
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Selected key publications

Schmidt, S., Harlay, J., Borges, A.V., Groom, S., Delille, B., Roevros, N., Christodoulou, S. & Chou, L. (2013) Particle export during a bloom of Emiliania huxleyi in the North-West European continental margin. Journal of Marine Systems, 109-110, Supplement, S182-S190. doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2011.12.005

de Jesus, J., Walker, P., Grant, M. & Groom, S. (2012) WPS orchestration using the Taverna workbench: The eScience approach. Computers & Geosciences, 47, 75-86. doi:

Martinez-Vicente, V., Tilstone, G., Sathyendranath, S., Miller, P. & Groom, S. (2012) Contributions of phytoplankton and bacteria to the optical backscattering coefficient over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 445, 37-51. doi: 10.3354/meps09388

Harlay, J, Chou L.,, De Bodt C., Van Oostende, N., Piontek J., Suykens K., Engel A., Sabbe K., Groom S. and Borges A.V. (2011), Biogeochemical features and carbon budget associated to a coccolithophorid bloom in the northern Bay of Biscay (June 2006),  Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 58, 111-127

Nobre AM, Ferreira JG, Nunes JP, Yan XJ, Bricker S, Corner R, Groom S, Gu HF, Hawkins AJS, Hutson R, Lan DZ, Silva JDLE, Pascoe P, Telfer T, Zhang XL, Zhu MY. 2010. Assessment of coastal management options by means of multilayered ecosystem models. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, 87(1), 43-62.

Groom S, Martinez-Vicente V, Fishwick J, Tilstone G, Moore G, Smyth T, Harbour D. 2009. The Western English Channel observatory: optical charactistics of station L4. Journal of Marine Systems, 77(3), 278-295.

Harlay J, De Bodt C, Engel A, Jansen S, d'Hoop Q, Piontek J, Van Oostende N, Groom S, Sabbe K, Chou L. 2009. Abundance and size distribution of transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) in a coccolithophorid bloom in the northern Bay of Biscay. Deep-Sea Research I, 56(8), 1251-1265.

Otero J, Alvarez-Salgado XA, Gonzalez AF, Miranda A, Groom SB, Cabanas JM, Casas G, Wheatley B, Guerra A. 2008. Bottom-up control of common octopus Octopus vulgaris in the Galician upwelling system, northeast Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 362, 181-192.

Crespo BG, Figueiras FG, Groom S. 2007. Role of across-shelf currents in the dynamics of harmful dinoflagellate blooms in the northwestern Iberian upwelling. Limnology and Oceanography, 52(6), 2668-2678.

Shutler JD, Land PE, Smyth TJ, Groom SB. 2007. Extending the MODIS 1 km ocean colour atmospheric correction to the MODIS 500 m bands and 500 m chlorophyll-1 estimation towards coastal and estuarine monitoring. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 107, 521-532.

Miller PI, Shutler JD, Moore GF, Groom SB. 2006. SeaWiFS discrimination of harmful algal bloom evolution. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 27(11), 2287-230.

Tilstone, G.H., Angel-Benavides, I.M., Pradhan, Y., Shutler, J.D., Groom, S.B.,  Sathyendranath, S., (2011) An assessment of chlorophyll-a algorithms available for SeaWiFS in coastal and open areas of the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 2277–2291

Harlay J., A.V. Borges; C. Van Der Zee; B. Delille; R.H.M. Godoi; L.-S. Schiettecatte; N. Roevros; K. Aerts; P.-E. Lapernat; L. Rebreanu; S. Groom; M.-H. Daro; R. Van Grieken; L. Chou, (2010) Biogeochemical study of a coccolithophore bloom in the northern Bay of Biscay (NE Atlantic Ocean), in June 2004,  Progr. Ocean, 86, 317-336

Cui, T., Zhang J., Groom S., Sun L, Smyth T, Sathyendranath S., (2010) Validation of MERIS ocean-color products in the Bohai Sea: A case study for turbid coastal waters, Remote Sensing of Environment 114, 2326–2336

Ruddick, K., Brockmann, C., Doerffer, R., Lee, Z., Brotas, V., Fomferra, N., Groom, S.,  Krasemann, H., Martinez-Vicente, V., Sa, C., Santer, R., Sathyendranath, S., Stelzer, K., Pinnock, S (2010) The CoastColour project regional algorithm round robin exercise  In:  Remote sensing of the coastal ocean, land, and atmosphere environment,  Book Series: Proceedings of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering   7858    Article Number: 785807   DOI: 10.1117/12.869506