Dr Shubha Sathyendranath

Merit Remote Sensing Scientist

Dr Shubha Sathyendranath

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

Dr Shubha Sathyendranath is Head of Remote Sensing and Marine Optics at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and is the Assistant Director for the Partnership for the Observation of the Global Oceans.

Dr Sathyendranath's research interests include ocean colour modelling, spectral characteristics of light penetration underwater, bio-optical properties of phytoplankton, modelling primary production, bio-geochemical cycles in the sea, climate change, biological-physical interactions in the marine system, ecological provinces in the sea, ecological indicators and phytoplantkon functional types.

Key Projects

Dynamical assignment of boundaries of ecological provinces by remote sensing

Discrimination of phytoplankton functional types from ocean colour

Variability in carbon to chlorophyll ratio of phytoplankton at sea

Ecological indicators from space

Bio-optical traits of phytoplankton functional types in the sea

Assistant Director of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)  

Other Activities

Member of Census of Marine Life 2020 Science Council (2008- )

Chair of IOCCG Working Group on Phytoplankton Functional Types (2008- )

Member of the Capacity Building Committee of Group on Earth Observations (2006- )

Member, Committee on International Capacity Building for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Oceans and Coasts of the National Research Council of the US National Academies (2006-2007) 


Brewin RJW, Sathyendranath S, Hirata T, Lavender SJ, Barciela RM, Hardman-Mountford NJ. 2010. A three-component model of phytoplankton size class for the Atlantic Ocean. Ecological Modelling, 221(11), 1472-1483.

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.

Fichot CG, Sathyendranath S, Miller WL. 2008. SeaUV and SeaUV(C): Algorithms for the retrieval of UV/Visible diffuse attenuation coefficients from ocean color. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 112(4), 1584-1602.

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.

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