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Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo

Earth Observation Scientist

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Dr Dall'Olmo is interested in improving our understanding of ocean biology and biogeochemistry by exploiting optical measurements in-situ and from space. His research spans from devising and improving optical proxies of biogeochemical variables (e.g., particulate organic carbon) to investigating ecological and biogeochemical processes using optics (e.g. the biological carbon pump). Dr Dall'Olmo leads the UK Bio-Argo programme in collaboration with the UK Met Office, the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).


Atlantic Ecosystem Assessment, Forecasting and Sustainability (AtlantECO)

Contact: Dr Andy Rees

AtlantECO is working to understand the human impacts on the marine ecosystems and processes in the Atlantic. The main focus of the project is to...

Biological Pump and Carbon Exchange Processes (BICEP)

Contact: Dr Shubha Sathyendranath

The ocean carbon cycle is a vital part of the global carbon cycle. It has been estimated that around a quarter of anthropogenically-produced...

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Other key projects

National Centre for Earth Observations
UK Bio-Argo

Selected key publications

Ciavatta S., Torres R., Martinez-Vicente V., Smyth T., 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

Chase A., Boss E., Zaneveld R., Bricaud A., Claustre H., Ras J., Dall’Olmo G., Westberry T.K., (2013) Decomposition of in situ particulate absorption spectra, Methods in Oceanography, 7:110-124.

Dall'Olmo, G; Mork, KA. 2014 Carbon export by small particles in the Norwegian Sea. Geophysical Research Letters. 41, 2921–2927, 10.1002/2014GL059244

Martinez Vicente, V; Dall'Olmo, G; Tarran, GA; Boss, EB; Sathyendranath, S. 2013 Optical backscattering is correlated with phytoplankton carbon across the Atlantic Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 40. 1-5. 10.1002/grl.50252

Schabetsberger, R; Okland, F; Aarestrup, K; Kalfatak, D; Sichrowsky, U; Tambets, M; Dall'Olmo, G; Kaiser, R; Miller, PI. 2013 Oceanic migration behaviour of tropical Pacific eels from Vanuatu. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 475. 177 - 190. 10.3354/meps10254

Chase, A; Boss, E; Zaneveld, R; Bricaud, A; Claustre, H; Ras, J; Dall'Olmo, G; Westberry, TK. 2013 Decomposition of in situ particulate absorption spectra. Methods in Oceanography, 7. 110-124. 10.1016/j.mio.2014.02.002

Behrenfeld, MJ; Huang, Y; Hostetler, CA; Dall'Olmo, G; Rodier, SD; Hair, JW; Trepte, CR. 2013 Space-based lidar measurements of global ocean carbon stocks. Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (16). 4355-4360. 10.1002/grl.50816

Dall'Olmo, G; Boss, EB; Behrenfeld, M; Westberry, TK. 2012 Particulate optical scattering coefficients along an Atlantic Meridional Transect. Optics Express, 20. 21532 - 21551. 10.1364/OE.20.021532

Brewin, RJW; Dall'Olmo, G; Sathyendranath, S; Hardman-Mountford, NJ. 2012 Particle backscattering as a function of chlorophyll and phytoplankton size structure in the open-ocean. Optics Express, 20. 17632 - 17652. 10.1364/OE.20.017632

Loisel, H; Vantrepotte, V; Norkvist, K; Meriaux, X; Kheireddine, M; Ras, J; Pujo-Pay, M; Combet, Y; Leblanc, K; Dall'Olmo, G; Mauriac, R; Dessailly, D; Moutin, TM. 2011 Characterization of the bio-optical anomaly and diurnal variability of particulate matter as seen from scattering and backscattering coefficients in ultra-oligotrophic eddies of the Mediterranean Sea. Biogeosciences, 8. 3295 - 3317. 10.5194/bg-8-3295-2011

Dall'Olmo, G; Westberry, TK; Boss, EB; Behrenfeld, M; Courties, C; Prieur, L; Hardman-Mountford, NJ; Moutin, TM. 2011 Inferring phytoplankton carbon and eco-physiological rates from diel cycles of spectral particulate beam-attenuation coefficient. Biogeosciences, 8. 3423 - 3440. 10.5194/bg-8-3423-2011

T.K. Westberry, Dall’Olmo, G., E. Boss, M.J. Behrenfeld, T. Moutin (2010). Coherence of particulate beam attenuation and backscattering coefficients in diverse open ocean environments.  Optics Express, 18: 15419-15425.

W.H. Slade, E. Boss, G. Dall’Olmo, M.R. Langner, J. Loftin, M.J. Behrenfeld, C. Roesler and T.K. Westberry (2010). Underway and moored methods for improving accuracy in measurement of spectral particulate absorption and attenuation.  Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 27(10), 1733–1746.

Dall’Olmo, G., T.K. Westberry, M.J. Behrenfeld, E. Boss, W.H. Slade (2009). Significant contribution of large particles to optical backscattering in the open ocean.  Biogeosciences, 6, 947–967.

Behrenfeld M.J, T.K. Westberry, E.S. Boss, R.T. O'Malley, D.A. Siegel, J.D. Wiggert, B.A. Franz, C.R. McClain, G.C. Feldman, S.C. Doney, J.K.Moore, G. Dall'Olmo, A.J. Milligan, I. Lima, and N. Mahowald (2008). Satellite-detected fluorescence reveals global physiology of ocean phytoplankton.  Biogeosciences, 6, 779–794.

Boss E., W.H. Slade, M.J. Behrenfeld, and Dall’Olmo, G. (2008).Acceptance angle effects on the beam attenuation in the ocean.  Optics Express, 17(3): 1535-1550.

Gitelson, A.A., G. Dall'Olmo, W. Moses, D.C. Rundquist, T. Barrow, T.R.Fisher, D. Gurlin, and J. Holz. (2008). A simple semi-analytical model for remote estimation of chlorophyll-a in turbid waters: Validation. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112: 3582-3593

Dall'Olmo, G. and A.A. Gitelson (2006).  Effect of bio-optical parameter variability on the remote estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters: Modeling results.  Applied Optics, 45(15): 3577-3592.

Dall'Olmo, G., A.A. Gitelson, D.C. Rundquist, B. Leavitt, T. Barrow, J.C. Holz (2005).  Assessing the potential of SeaWiFS and MODIS for estimating chlorophyll concentration in turbid productive waters using red and near-infrared bands. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 96: 176-187.

Dall'Olmo, G. and A.A. Gitelson (2005).  Effect of bio-optical parameter variability on the remote estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters: Experimental results. Applied Optics, 44(3): 412-422

Dall'Olmo, G., A.A. Gitelson, and D.C. Rundquist(2003).  Towards a unified approach for remote estimation of chlorophyll-a in both terrestrial vegetation and turbid productive waters. Geophysical Research Letters 30: 1938, doi:10.1029/2003GL018065.