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Remote sensing of marine systems

Yoav Lehahn's research group

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  • Solodoch, A., Y. Toledo, V. Grigorieva, Y. Lehahn. Surface waves spectrum measurement from UAV nadir video. Submitted (link to prteprint).

  • Fadida, Y., V. Verma, R. Barkan, E. Biton, A. Solodoch, Y. Lehahn, Submesoscale horizontal stirring enhances seasonal enrichment of low-chlorophyll surface waters. Submitted (link to preprint).​​

  • Gray, P. C.,  E. Boss, G. Bourdin, Tara Pacific Consortium, Mission Microbiomes AtlantECO, Y. Lehahn,  Emergent patterns of patchiness reflect decoupling between ocean physics and biology. Submitted (link to preprint).

  • Gray, P. C.,  E. Boss, J. X. Prochaska, H. Kerner, C. Begouen Demeaux, Y. Lehahn, The Promise and Pitfalls of Machine Learning in Ocean Remote Sensing. Submitted (link to preprint).

  • Larsen, S. T.,  L.  E. Rasmussen, D. Jasulaitis , T. Sagi, K. Hose , Y. Lehahn, A benchmark and a multi-stage pipeline for classifying. Submitted (link to preprint).

  • Sagi, T., Y. Lehahn, K. Hose, ODINI: Ontology-based Data Integration for the Ocean Sciences. Submitted.

  • Suchanov, M., E. Dente, L. Steindler, E. Rahav, Y. Lehahn. Fine-scale structuring of surface picophytoplankton communities in the ultra-oligotrophic Southeastern Mediterranean. Submitted (link to preprint).

  • Ben Ezra, T.,  A. Blachinsky, S. Gozali, A. Tsemel, Y. Fadida, D. Tchernov, Y. Lehahn,  T. Tsagaraki, I. Berman-Frank, M. Krom, Interannual changes in nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (EMS) predict the consequences of climate change; results from the Sdot-Yam Time-series station 2018-2022. Submitted (link to preprint).


  • Malul, D., H. Berman,A. Solodoch,  O. Tal, N. Barak, G. Mizrahi, I. Berenshtein, Y. Toledo, T. Lotan, D. Sher, U. Shavit, Y. Lehahn (2024). Directional swimming patterns in jellyfish aggregations. Curr. Biol., accepted  (link to preprint).

  • Levy, T., A. Ghermandi, Y. Lehahn, D. Edelist, D. L. Angel (2024). Monitoring jellyfish outbreaks along Israel’s Mediterranean coast using digital footprints. Sci. Total Environ 922, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.171275 (journal link).

  • Gray P., I. Savelyev, N. Cassar , M. Levy , E. Boss, Y. Lehahn, G. Bourdin, K. A. Smith, A. Windle, J. Gronniger, S. Floge, D. E. Hunt, G. Silsbe, Z. I. Johnson, D. W. Johnston (2024). Evidence for kilometer-scale biophysical features at the Gulf Stream front . J. Geophys. Res.: Oceans, 129, e2023JC020526. (journal link).

  • Diaz, G., Y. Lehahn, E. Nantet,. Satellite derived bathymetry in support of maritime archaeological research - VENμS imagery of Caesarea Maritima as a case study (2024). Remote Sens. 16, 1218. (journal link).


  • Ben-Ezra, T., T. Reich, A. Tsemel, I. Berman-Frank, Y. Lehahn, D. Sher, Y. Suari, M.D. Krom (2023), Nutrient dynamics across the Israeli coastal shelf: An unusual oligotrophic coastal system, Cont. Shelf Res. 266, 105103 (journal link).


  • Topel E. and Y. Lehahn (2022). Long-term loss of coral reef in the Gulf of Aqaba estimated from historical aerial images. Remote Sens. 2022, 14(24), 6305 (journal link).


  • Reich, T., T. Ben-Ezra, N. Belkin, A. Tsemel, D. Aharonovich, D. Roth-Rosenberg, S. Givati, O. Bialik, B. Herut, I. Berman-Frank, M. Frada, M. D. Krom, Y. Lehahn, E. Rahav, D. Sher (2022), A year in the life of the Eastern Mediterranean: Monthly dynamics of phytoplankton and bacterioplankton in an ultra-oligotrophic sea, Deep Sea Res. Part I 182, 103720 (journal link).

  • Haber, M., D. Roth Rosenberg, M. Lalzar, I. Burgsdorf, K. Saurav, R. Lionheart, Y. Lehahn, D. Aharonovich, L. Gómez-Consarnau, D. Sher, M. D. Krom, L. Steindler (2022), Spatiotemporal Variation of Microbial Communities in the Ultra-Oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Front. microbiol. 13: 867694, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2022.867694 (pdf).


  • Cotlier, G. I., Y. Lehahn, D. Chelouche (2021), Patterns of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 carriers manifest multiscale association between urban landscape morphology and human activity, Sci. Rep. 11, (pdf).

  • Ben Ezra, T., M.D. Krom, A. Tsemel, I. Berman-Frank, B. Herut, Y. Lehahn, E. Rahav, T. Reich, T.F. Thingstad, D. Sher (2021) Seasonal Nutrient Dynamics and Changes in Nutrient Limitation in the P depleted Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Deep Sea Res. I, 176: 103607 (journal link).

  • Roth Rosenberg, D. M. Haber, J. Goldford, M. Lalzar, D. Aharoonovich, A. Al-Ashhab, Y. Lehahn, M. D. Krom, D. Segrè, L. Steindler, D. Sher (2021), Particle-associated and free-living bacterial communities in an oligotrophic sea are affected by different environmental and anthropogenic factors, Environmental Microbiology, 10.1111/1462-2920.15611 (journal link).


  • Sagi T., Y. Lehahn, K. Bar (2020), Artificial intelligence for ocean science data integration: current state, gaps, and way forward, Elem. Sci. Anth., 8: 21. doi: (pdf).


  • Bali, K., A. K. Mishra, S. Singh, S. Chandra S, Y. Lehahn (2019), Impact of dust storm on phytoplankton bloom over the Arabian Sea: A case study during March 2012, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. Int. 26(12), doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-04602-7 (pdf).


  • Dagan G., I. Koren, O. Altaratz, Y. Lehahn (2018), Shallow Convective Cloud Field Lifetime as a Key Factor for Evaluating Aerosol Effects, iScience 10, 192–202 (pdf).

  • Neukermans G., T. Harmel , M. Galí , N. Rudorff, J. Chowdhary, O. Dubovik, C. Hostetler, Y. Hu, C. Jamet, K. Knobelspiesse, Y. Lehahn, P. Litvinov, A.M. Sayer, B. Ward, E. Boss, I. Koren, L.A. Miller (2018). Harnessing remote sensing to address critical science questions on ocean-atmosphere interactions. Elem Sci. Anth. 6, DOI: (pdf).

  • Dror T., Y. Lehahn, O. Altaratz, I. Koren (2018), Temporal‐Scale Analysis of Environmental Controls on Sea Spray Aerosol Production Over the South Pacific Gyre, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2018GL078707 (journal link).

  • Laber C.P., J.E. Hunter, F. Carvalho, J.R. Collins, E.J. Hunter, B.M. Schieler, E. Boss, K. More, M. Frada, K. Thamatrakoln, C.M. Brown, L. Haramaty, J. Ossolinski, H. Fredricks, J.I. Nissimov, R. Vandzura, U. Sheyn, Y. Lehahn, R.J. Chant, A.M. Martins, M.J.L. Coolen, A. Vardi, G.R. DiTullio, B.A..S. Van Mooy, K.D. Bidle (2018), Coccolithovirus facilitation of carbon export in the North Atlantic, Nat. Microbiol. doi: 10.1038/s41564-018-0128-4 (pdf).

  • Sheyn, U., S. Rosenwasser, Y. Lehahn, N. Barak-Gavish, K. D. Bidle, I. Koren, D. Schatza, and A. Vardi (2018), Dual gene expression profiling provides insights into the role of virus-induced carbon export during a phytoplankton bloom, ISME, doi:10.1038/s41396-017-0004-x (pdf).

  • Lehahn Y., F. d’Ovidio and I. Koren (2018), A satellite-based Lagrangian view on phytoplankton dynamics Annu. Rev. Mar. Sci. 10, 99-119 (pdf).


  • Lehahn Y., I. Koren, S. Sharoni, F. d'Ovidio, A. Vardi and E. Boss (2017), Dispersion/dilution enhances phytoplankton blooms in nutrient-limited waters, Nat. Commun. 8, doi: 10.1038/ncomms14868 (pdf).

  • Dubinsky V., M. Haber, Y. Lehahn, K. Saurav, I. Burgsdorf, A. Malik, D. Sher, D. Aharonovich and L. Steindler (2017), Metagenomic analysis reveals unusually high incidence of proteorhodopsin genes in the ultraoligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Environ. Microbiol. 3, 1077-1090 (pdf).

2016 and before

  • Lehahn, Y., K. N. Ingle and A. Golberg (2016), Global potential of offshore and shallow waters macroalgal biorefineries to provide for food, chemicals and energy: feasibility and sustainability, Algal Res. 17, doi:10.1016/j.algal.2016.03.031 (pdf).


  • Gufan, A., Y. Lehahn, E. Fredj, C. Price, R. Kurchin and I. Koren (2016), Segmentation and tracking of marine cellular clouds observed by geostationary satellites. Int. J. Remote Sens. 37:5, 1055-1068 (pdf).


  • Sharoni, S., M. Trainic, D. Schatz, Y. Lehahn, J. M. Flores, S. Ben Dor, Y. Rudich, I. Koren and A. Vardi (2015), Infection of bloom-forming phytoplankton by aerosolized marine viruses, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 6643-6647 (pdf).

  • Mishra A., Y. Lehahn, Y. Rudich and I. Koren (2015), Co-variability of smoke and fire in the Amazon basin, Atmos. Environ. 109, 97-104 (pdf).

  • Lehahn, Y., I. Koren, Y. Rudich, K. D. Bidle, M. Trainic, M. Flores, S. Sharoni, and A. Vardi (2014), Decoupling oceanic and atmospheric factors affecting aerosol loading over a cluster of mesoscale North Atlantic eddies, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2014GL059738 (pdf).

  • Lang-Yona, N., Y. Lehahn, B. Herut, N. Burshtein and Y. Rudich (2014), Marine aerosol as a source for endotoxins in the coastal area, Sci. Total Environ. 499, 311-31 (pdf).

  • Lehahn, Y., I. Koren, D. Schatz, M. Frada, U. Sheyn, E. Boss, S. Efrati, Y. Rudich […] K. Bidle and A. Vardi (2014), Decoupling physical from biological processes to assess the impact of viruses on a mesoscale algal bloom, Curr. Biol., 24, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.07.046 (pdf). Featured in:

  • Efrati, S., Y. Lehahn, E. Rahav, N. Kress, B. Herut, I. Gertman, R. Goldman, T. Ozer, M. Lazar, and E. Heifetz (2013), Intrusion of coastal waters into the pelagic Eastern Mediterranean: in situ and satellite-based characterization, Biogeosciences, doi:10.5194/bg-10-3349-2013 (pdf).

  • Ben-Ami, Y., I. Koren, O. Altaratz, A. B. Kostinsky and Y. Lehahn (2012), Discernible rhythms in the spatio/temporal distributions of transatlantic dust , Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi:10.5194/acp-12-2253-2012 (pdf).

  • Davidi, A., I. Koren, A. Kostinsky and Y. Lehahn (2012), Observational bounds on atmospheric heating by aerosol absorption: Radiative signature of transatlantic dust, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2011GL050358 (pdf).

  • Lehahn, Y., I. Koren, O. Altaratz, and A. B. Kostinsky (2011), Effect of coarse marine aerosols on stratocumulus clouds, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2011GL048504 (pdf).

  • Lehahn, Y., F. d'Ovidio, M. Lévy, Y. Amitai and E. Heifetz (2011), Long-range transport of a quasi-isolated chlorophyll patch by an Agulhas ring, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2011GL048502 (pdf).

  • Lehahn, Y., I. Koren, E. Boss, Y. Ben-Ami and O. Altaratz (2010), Estimating the maritime component of aerosol optical depth and its dependency on surface wind speed using satellite data, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10, 6711-6720, doi:10.5194/acp-10-6711-2010 (pdf).

  • Amitai, Y., Y. Lehahn, A. Lazar and E. Heifetz (2010), Surface circulation of the eastern Mediterranean Levantine basin: Insights from analyzing 14 years of satellite altimetry data, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2010JC006147 (pdf).

  • Lehahn, Y., F. d’Ovidio, M. Lévy and E. Heifetz (2007), Stirring of the northeast Atlantic spring bloom: A Lagrangian analysis based on multi-satellite data, J. Geophys. Res., 112, doi: 10.1029/2006JC003927 (pdf).

  • Lévy, M., Y. Lehahn, J.-M. André, L. Mémery, H. Loisel and E. Heifetz (2005), Production regimes in the Northeast Atlantic: a study based on SeaWiFS chlorophyll and OGCM mixed-layer depth, J. Geophys. Res. 110, doi: 10.1029/2004JC002771 (pdf).

  • Blumberg, D.G., Y. Lehahn and Y. Z. Yaacobi (2003), Utilizing FenYeng 1C (FY-1C) to monitor ocean color and water quality: A demonstration experiment in the Eastern Mediterranean, Int. J. Remote Sens., 24(6): 1393-1399 (journal link).

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