Better understanding of phytoplankton biodiversity is essential in evaluating the role of each algal group in the marine ecosystem and biogeochemical cycles, both at global and local scales. The aim of Phytoscope (Phytoplankton biodiversity multiscale characterization using advanced optical technologies) is to investigate the usefulness of high-resolved oceanographic data (in the 3 domains: spatial, temporal and taxonomical) for better discrimination of phytoplankton composition and dynamics, related to small and large scale processes. In order to overcome this challenge different methodologies will be evaluated and optimized based on advanced observational technologies: hyperspectral optical sensors and high spatial-temporal resolution platforms. The use of these new technologies to their full potential will allow a better assessment of the variability of phytoplankton in the coastal and open ocean.

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IGARSS 2015 - IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium

26 - 31 July 2015, Convention Center, Milan, Italy

Blue Photonics 4 - Optics in the Sea, European Optical Society Topical Meeting

11-13 May 2015, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM, CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

ASLO 2015 - Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Global and Regional Perspectives - North meets South

22 - 27 February 2015, Granada Congress and Exhibition Centre, Granada, Spain

Open Days at Institute of Marine Sciences

18 – 19 November 2014, Barcelona, Spain

XXII Ocean Optics Conference

26 – 31 October 2014, Portland, Maine, US

6th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing

25 – 27  June 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland

PHYTOSCOPE Second field campaign

March 2014, Alfacs Bay, Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean Sea

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014

23 – 28 February 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii, US

Marine Optics Special Interest Group Meeting

16 – 17 December 2013, Plymouth, UK

Open Days at Institute of Marine Sciences

19 – 20 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain

Martech, Fifth International Workshop on Marine Technology

9-11 October 2013, Girona, Spain

PHYTOSCOPE First field campaign

24-29 June 2013, Alfacs Bay, Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean Sea

International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) Meeting 2013, Special session: Phytoplankton community structure from ocean colour: Methods, validation, intercomparisons and application

6-8 May 2013, Darmstadt, Germany

Blue Photonics 3 - Optics in the Sea, European Optical Society Topical Meeting

18-20 March 2013, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Texel, Netherlands


The Phytoscope project (2012–2014) is funded by the Total Foundation which aims at developing initiatives for the preservation of natural biodiversity in countries where is active, with a large number of studies and research partnerships, together with public-awareness, education and outreach programs. We gratefully acknowledge the Total Foundation for funding Phytoscope.