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Earth Expeditions: Diagnosing Diatoms: Do Anemic Diatoms Alter North Pacific Food Webs?

09.10.2018
The focus of our team is on a group of phytoplankton called diatoms, which are the floating, single-celled plants of the ocean.

Earth Expeditions Blog: The Inner Space of the Subarctic Pacific Ocean

09.04.2018
When one thinks of a NASA mission, thoughts of outer space, stars and other astronomic bodies come to mind. With the EXPORTS mission, NASA turns it focus, quite literally, from outer space to Earth’s inner space of the subarctic Pacific Ocean.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Ride, Sally, Ride: Sally Ride Saturdays on EXPORTS

08.31.2018
As anyone who has been on a research cruise can tell you, keeping morale up can be a tricky thing. Inevitably, things will go wrong, you will be short on sleep, and you will hit the point of feeling cranky or tired or frustrated or all three at once. We have five Saturdays together as a group, and each one represents an opportunity to have some fun together at sea.
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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.

For further information, data, research, and other resources, see Ocean Ecology Research.

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 Office of Communications at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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