Research staff: Dr. Tim Smyth

Tim Smyth

Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
The Hoe
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 633417
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 633101

Research interests

Determination of primary production using satellite ocean colour data, direct broadcast MODIS processing systems, in situ measurement of primary production using fast repetition rate fluorometry, In situ optics of coccolithophore blooms, aerosol and meteorological measurements.

Current projects


Recent publications

Friedrichs, M.A.M., Carr, M.-E., Barber, R.T., Scardi, M., and others including Smyth, T.J. (2009) Assessing the uncertainties of model estimates of primary productivity in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Journal of Marine Systems, 76(1-2), 113-133.

Gilbert, J.A., Field, D., Swift, P., Newbold, L., Oliver, A., Smyth, T., Somerfield, P.J., Huse, S. & Joint, I. (2009) The seasonal structure of microbial communities in the Western English Channel. Environmental Microbiology, 11(12), 3132-3139.

Groom, S., Martinez-Vicente, V., Fishwick, J., Tilstone, G., Moore, G., Smyth, T. & Harbour, D. (in press) The Western English Channel Observatory: optical characteristics of station L4. Journal of Marine Systems.

Gordon, H.R., Smyth, T.J., Balch, W.M., Boynton, G.C. & Tarran, G.A. (2009) Light scattering by coccoliths detached from Emiliania huxleyi. Applied Optics, 48(31), 6059-6073.

Hirata, T., Hardman-Mountford, N.J., Barlow, R., Lamont, T., Brewin, R., Smyth, T. & Aiken, J. (2009) An inherent optical property approach to the estimation of size-specific photosynthetic rates in eastern boundary upwelling zones from satellite ocean colour: An initial assessment. Progress In Oceanography, 83(1-4), 393-397.

Robinson, C., Tilstone, G.H., Rees, A.P., Smyth, T.J., Fishwick, J.R., Tarran, G.A., Luz, B., Barkan, E. & David, E. (2009) Comparison of in vitro and in situ plankton production determinations. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 54(1), 13-34.

Strömberg, K.H.P., Smyth, T.J., Allen, J.I., Pitois, S. & O'Brien, T.D. (2009) Estimation of global zooplankton biomass from satellite ocean colour. Journal of Marine Systems, 78(1), 18-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2009.02.004

Tilstone, G., Smyth, T.s, Poulton, A. & Hutson, R. (2009) Measured and remotely sensed estimates of primary production in the Atlantic Ocean from 1998 to 2005. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 56(15), 918-930. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2008.10.034

Aiken, J., Hardman-Mountford, N.J., Barlow, R., Fishwick, J., Hirata, T. & Smyth, T. (2008) Functional links between bioenergetics and bio-optical traits of phytoplankton taxonomic groups: an overarching hypothesis with applications for ocean colour remote sensing. Journal of Plankton Research, 30(2), 165-181.

Allen, J.I., Smyth, T.J., Siddorn, J.R. & Holt, M. (2008) How well can we forecast high biomass algal bloom events in a eutrophic coastal sea? Harmful Algae, 8(1), 70-76. doi:10.1016/j.hal.2008.08.024

Hirata, T., Aiken, J., Hardman-Mountford, N., Smyth, T.J. & Barlow, R.G. (2008) An absorption model to determine phytoplankton size classes from satellite ocean colour. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112(6), 3153-3159.

Shutler, J.D., Land, P.E., Smyth, T.J. & Groom, S.B. (2007) Extending the MODIS 1 km ocean colour atmospheric correction to the MODIS 500 m bands and 500 m chlorophyll-a estimation towards coastal and estuarine monitoring. Remote Sensing of Environment, 107(4), 521-532.

Carr, M.-E., Friedrichs, M.A.M., Schmeltz, M., and others including Groom, S., Smyth, T. & Tilstone, G. (2006) A comparison of global estimates of marine primary production from ocean color. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 53(5-7), 741-770.

Coombs, S.H., Smyth, T.J., Conway, D.V.P., Halliday, N.C., Bernal, M., Stratoudakis, Y. & Alvarez, P. (2006) Spawning season and temperature relationships for sardine (Sardina pilchardus) in the eastern North Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 86(5), 1245-1252.

Smyth, T.J., Moore, G.F., Hirata, T. & Aiken, J. (2006) Semianalytical model for the derivation of ocean color inherent optical properties: description, implementation, and performance assessment. Applied Optics, 45(31), 8116-8131.

Shutler, J.D., T.J. Smyth, P.E. Land, and S.B. Groom, A near real-time automatic MODIS data processing system, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(5), 1049-1055, 2005.

Tilstone, G.H., T.J. Smyth, R.J. Gowen, V. Martinez-Vicente, and S.B. Groom, Inherent optical properties of the Irish Sea and their effect on satellite primary production algorithms, Journal of Plankton Research, 27 (11), 1127-1148 (and front cover), 2005.

Smyth, T. J., G. H. Tilstone and S. B. Groom (2005) Integration of radiative transfer into satellite models of ocean primary production, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, C10014, doi. 10.1029/2004JC002784

Smyth, T. J., K. L. Pemberton, J. Aiken, and R. J. Geider (2004) A methodology to determine primary production and phytoplankton photosynthetic parameters from Fast Repetition Rate Fluorometry, Journal of Plankton Research, 26(11), 1337-1350, doi:10.1093/plankt/fbh124

Smyth, T. J., T. Tyrrell, B. J. Tarrant (2004) Time-series of coccolithophore activity in the Barents Sea, from twenty years of satellite data. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, LL11302, doi:10.1029/2004GL019735

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