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Social Media Highlight: 9 Ocean Facts You Likely Don’t Know, but Should

06.08.2018
Earth is a place dominated by water, mainly oceans. It’s also a place our researchers study to understand life. Trillions of gallons of water flow freely across the surface of our blue-green planet. Ocean’s vibrant ecosystems impact our lives in many ways. In celebration of World Oceans Day, here are a few things you might not know about these complex waterways.

Blog Notes from the Field: NAAMES-IV Expedition

04.03.2018
What do you see when you go on a research cruise? This is the most common question I get asked when I enthusiastically tell stories of our adventures at sea. For most people, the word “cruise” means travellng from one place to another (often islands or coastal cities) by sea. Our research cruise apparently has only one destination: the ocean (when we are lucky we are trying to get close to a float, that is moving in the ocean).
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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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