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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Chlorophyll Traces Currents off Australia's Northwest Coast

10.03.2014
Phytoplankton, for the most part, move wherever ocean currents take them...

NASA Ocean Data Shows ‘Climate Dance’ of Plankton

09.29.2014
The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton.

Algal Growth a Blooming Problem Space Station to Help Monitor

09.02.2014
The green stuff that clouds up fish tanks – it’s not just an aesthetic annoyance.

Taking NASA-USGS’s Landsat 8 to the Beach

07.02.2014
Some things go swimmingly with a summer trip to the beach – sunscreen, mystery novels, cold beverages and sandcastles. Other things – like aquatic algae – are best avoided.

The Making of NASA's Global Selfie: 100+ Countries, Thousands of Photos

05.22.2014
On Earth Day this year NASA asked, "Where are you on Earth Right Now?" People around the world answered on social media, with self portraits.
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Laboratory News

Three Lab members on South Pacific Bio-optics Cruise

03.20.2014
Three members of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory’s Field Support Group will embark on a 45-day journey from Hobart, Tasmania to Papeete, Tahiti on the icebreaker R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP). The group will collect biogeochemical samples and bio-optical data across the South Pacific. These data will eventually be ingested into NASA’s SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS) and subsequently used for ocean color satellite validation activities.
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Overview

The Ocean Ecology Laboratory conducts research on ocean ecosystems and the interactions between Earth's chemical cycles and life. The Laboratory also manages "ocean color" data from NASA satellite sensors. Sediment, dissolved chemicals, and marine microorganisms called phytoplankton affect the colors of sunlight reflected off the ocean, providing a way to monitor ocean ecosystems from orbit.

The Laboratory works to ensure the accuracy of ocean-color data and make it available to users across the world. Scientists use the data to study fundamental issues such as the global distribution of phytoplankton, the storage of carbon in the ocean, and the role of the oceans in climate change. Laboratory personnel also participate in research cruises in collaboration with other researchers funded by NASA and assist NASA Headquarters in developing future earth-observing missions.

Contact Us

Carlos Del Castillo
301.286.8787
carlos.e.delcastillo@nasa.gov

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Center Public Affairs office at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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