Dan Otis

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Scientific Researcher
Director of Marine Studies, Canterbury School of Florida (2006-2011)
PhD, Marine Science, Univ. of South Florida
BA, Chemistry, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
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My background is in optical oceanography and my research is primarily focused on the analysis of satellite products to examine the atmosphere and oceans. Some parameters of interest include chlorophyll-a concentration, sea-surface temperature, aerosol optical depth, suspended sediment concentration and the absorption of light due to Colored Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM). I have developed two web-based data portals for the Flower Garden Banks and Florida Keys, which display current oceanographic conditions and alert users to anomalous conditions. I use data from a variety of satellite sensors including SeaWiFS, MODIS, VIIRS, ECOSTRESS and Sentinel-2 and 3. As a member of the ECOSTRESS Science and Applications team, I am currently working to develop relationships between ocean temperatures and biodiversity at spatial scales less than 100m. 


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