02 November 2022

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iSPEX validation campaign with Plankton Planet (2)

The iSPEX was originally developed to study atmospheric particles and water.

However, its ability to measure the spectral properties of light has made it a valuable tool for researchers studying phytoplankton in the oceans.

Phytoplankton, microscopic algae found in the world's oceans, play a critical role in the Earth's ecosystem. They provide a significant portion of the planet's oxygen and serve as a food source for larger marine life. However, they are sensitive to changes in their environment, such as temperature and nutrient levels.

Using the iSPEX, researchers can collect data on the spectral properties of light passing through phytoplankton populations, allowing them to better understand the health and behavior of these important organisms.

The use of the iSPEX in ocean research highlights its versatility and potential for applications beyond its original purpose. It is an exciting development for scientists studying the oceans and the crucial role of phytoplankton in the global ecosystem.