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Professor Trevor Platt FRS

PML Professorial Fellow

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Professor Trevor Platt is a Professorial Fellow at PML.

His research interests include: the physiological ecology of marine phytoplankton; thermodynamics of open-ocean ecosystems; the influence of physical structure of the marine environment on populations living within it; submarine optics; size structure of marine communities; remote sensing of ocean colour; the ocean carbon cycle and climate change, and the ecological approach to fisheries management.


Ocean color and biogeochemistry

Ocean color and biogeochemistry (CBIOMES)

Contact: Dr Shubha Sathyendranath

Earth observation of ocean color remains our only window into the pelagic ecosystem at synoptic scales. It is a rich source of data, and...

Marine Primary Production: Model Parameters from Space

Marine Primary Production: Model Parameters

Contact: Professor Trevor Platt FRS

The aim of this project is to improve our ability to estimate the growth of ocean phytoplankton using data collected by instruments carried on...

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Other key projects

Dynamical assignment of boundaries of ecological provinces by remote sensing

Ecological indicators from space

Models for the estimation of primary production 

Recent publications

  • Krug, LA; Platt, T; Barbosa, AB. 2018 Delineation of ocean surface provinces over a complex marine domain (off SW Iberia): An objective abiotic-based approach. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 18. 80-96. 10.1016/j.rsma.2018.01.003
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  • Kassi, J-B; Racault, M-FLP; Mobio, Brice; Platt, T; Sathyendranath, S; Raitsos, DE ; Affian, K. 2018 Remotely Sensing the Biophysical Drivers of Sardinella aurita Variability in Ivorian Waters. Remote Sensing, 10 (5). 785-812. 10.3390/rs10050785
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  • Bouman, HA; Platt, T; Doblin, M; Figueiras, FG; Gudmundsson, K; Gudfinnsson, HG; Huang, B; Hickman, A; Hiscock, M; Jackson, T; Lutz, VA; Melin, F; Rey, F; Pepin, P; Segura, V; Tilstone, GH; van Dongen-Vogels, V; Sathyendranath, S. 2018 Photosynthesis–irradiance parameters of marine phytoplankton: synthesis of a global data set. Earth System Science Data, 10. 251-266.
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  • Racault, M-FLP; Sathyendranath, S; Brewin, RJW; Raitsos, DE ; Jackson, T ; Platt, T. 2017 Impact of El Niño Variability on Oceanic Phytoplankton. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4. 10.3389/fmars.2017.00133
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  • Evers-King, H ; Martinez-Vicente, V; Brewin, RJW; Dall’Olmo, G; Hickman, AE; Jackson, T; Kostadinov, TS; Krasemann, H; Loisel, H; Röttgers, R; Roy, S; Stramski, D; Thomalla, S; Platt, T; Sathyendranath, S. 2017 Validation and Intercomparison of Ocean Color Algorithms for Estimating Particulate Organic Carbon in the Oceans. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4. 10.3389/fmars.2017.00251
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  • Jackson, T ; Sathyendranath, S; Platt, T. 2017 An Exact Solution For Modeling Photoacclimation of the Carbon-to-Chlorophyll Ratio in Phytoplankton. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4, 283. 10, pp. 10.3389/fmars.2017.00283
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Selected key publications

Bouman HA, Nakane T, Oka K, Nakata K, Kurita K, Sathyendranath S, Platt T. 2010. Environmental controls on phytoplankton production in coastal ecosystems: A case study from Tokyo Bay. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 87(1), 63-72.

Platt T, Sathyendranath S, White GN, Fuentes-Yaco C, Zhai L, Devred E, Tang C. 2010. Diagnostic properties of phytoplankton time series from remote sensing. Estuaries and Coasts, 33(2), 428-439.

Zhai L, Platt T, Tang C, Sathyendranath S, Fuentes-Yaco C, Devred E, Wu YS. 2010. Seasonal and geographic variations in phytoplankton losses from the mixed layer on the Northwest Atlantic Shelf. Journal of Marine Systems, 80(1-2), 36-46.

Koeller P, Fuentes-Yaco C, Platt T, Sathyendranath S, Richards A, Ouellet P, Orr D, Skuladottir U, Wieland K, Savard L, Aschan M. 2009. basin-scale coherence in phenology of shrimps and phytoplankton in the North Atlantic Ocean. Science, 324(5928), 791-793.

Platt T, White GN, Zhai L, Sathyendranath S, Roy S. 2009. The phenology of phytoplankton blooms: Ecosystem indicators from remote sensing. Ecological Modelling, 220(21), 3057-3069.

Sathyendranath S, Stuart V, Nair A, Oka K, Nakane T, Bouman H, Forget MH, Maass H, Platt T. 2009. Carbon-to-chlorophyll ratio and growth rate of phytoplankton in the sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 383, 73-84.

Nair A, Sathyendranath S, Platt T, Morales J, Stuart V, Forget MH, Devred E, Bouman H. 2008. Remote sensing of phytoplankton functional types. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 112(8), 3366-3375.

Platt T, Sathyendranath S. 2008. Ecological indicators for the pelagic zone of the ocean from remote sensing. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 112(8), 3426-3436.

Wu YS, Platt T, Tang CCL, Sathyendranath S. 2008. Regional differences in the timing of the spring bloom in the Labrador Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 355, 9-20.

Devred E, Sathyendranath S, Platt T. 2007. Delineation of ecological provinces using ocean colour radiometry. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 346, 1-13.

Rusch DB, Halpern AL, Sutton G, Heidelberg KB, Williamson S, Yooseph S, Wu DY, Eisen JA, Hoffman JM, Remington K, Beeson K, Tran B, Smith H, Baden-Tillson H, Stewart C, Thorpe J, Freeman J, Andrews-Pfannkoch C, Venter JE, Li K, Kravitz S, Heidelberg JF, Utterback T, Rogers YH, Falcon LI, Souza V, Bonilla-Rosso G, Eguiarte LE, Karl DM, Sathyendranath S, Platt T, Bermingham E, Gallardo V, Tamayo-Castillo G, Ferrari MR, Strausberg RL, Nealson K, Friedman R, Frazier M, Venter JC. 2007. The Sorcerer II global ocean sampling expedition: Northwest Atlantic through Eastern Tropical Pacific. PLOS Biology, 5(3), 398-431.