I work as part of the Arctic PRIZE (Productivity in the Seasonal Ice Zone) research project, which aims to improve understanding of how seasonality and climatological variables, such as sea-ice extent, control the overall structure and function of the Barents Sea ecosystem, a productive shelf-sea of the European Arctic which is experiencing a rapid retreat in sea ice extent.
My work is focussed upon the phytoplankton; the photosynethic producers that form the base of the ecosystem.
I construct empirical and semi-empirical algorithms, based on natural phytoplankton samples’ optical properties and sea-surface-reflectance computed in radiative transfer models, with the aim of using ocean-colour to distinguish different major taxonomic groups of phytoplankton in satellite images. Different taxonomic groups of phytoplankton have different broad relationships with the Barents Sea’s ecosystem and biogeochemical cycles, so the ability to monitor the taxonomic composition of the phytoplankton with remote-sensing will allow researchers to make more nuanced synoptic observations about the ecosystem’s state as it adjusts in response to anthropogenic global warming.
NCAS Core Scientist
Scott is a climate physicist based within the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics sub-department of the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. He is also directly affiliated with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), which is a NERC research centre for atmospheric science, with major programmes in climate, weather, atmospheric chemistry, observations and atmospheric technology.