Underwater cameras to estimate the global distribution of zooplankton

For the first time, as part of an international collaboration, a research team from the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche sur Mer (LOV, Sorbonne University/CNRS) has collected a huge dataset on zooplankton acquired by underwater cameras at the global scale. Our colleague Francois Carlotti (MIO-EMBIO) participated in this study. His analysis allowed to model the composition and the oceanic biomass of zooplankton. The estimates show maximum biomass values in the equatorial, temperate and polar productive zones, and minimum values in the oceanic deserts. The results of this study were published in Frontiers of Marine Science on August 9, 2022.


Global Distribution of Zooplankton Biomass Estimated by In Situ Imaging and Machine Learning
Laetitia Drago, Thelma Panaïotis, Jean-Olivier Irisson, Marcel Babin, Tristan Biard, François Carlotti, Laurent Coppola, Lionel Guidi, Helena Hauss, Lee Karp-Boss, Fabien Lombard, Andrew M. P McDonnell, Marc Picheral, Andreas Rogge, Anya M. Waite, Lars Stemmann and Rainer Kiko
Frontiers of Marine Science, 09 August 2022 Sec. Ocean Observation
DOI : 10.3389/fmars.2022.894372