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Del Castillo's Research Cited in Recent Forbes Article

09.30.2018
A recent Forbes article described modeling research into how decomposing sea life matter affects ocean temperature. The authors used phytoplankton and colored detrital material (CDM) data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers installed on two NASA satellites that view the surface on an almost daily basis.

Earth Expeditions: Oh, The Places We’ll Go

09.24.2018
Before I joined the science crew aboard the R/V Sally Ride and set sail for the middle of the Pacific Ocean for my first ever research cruise, I can honestly say I did not know what to expect.

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.
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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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