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Image Caption: Trichodesmium Plankton Bloom off Dampier Arch, North West Australia.
This photo of a Trichodesmium erythraeum phytoplankton bloom
off northwest Australia is the one which Ajit Subramaniam,
Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New
York Stony Brook, used for ground truth data. Then he
extracted data from the CZCS data of this area and generated
an algorithm to detect these plankton blooms. He then
applied these algorithms to other regions of the world using
the CZCS data. Since plankton use carbon, this type of
information adds to the understanding of the processes and
quantity of carbon which the oceans can absorb.