Ocean Ecology (616) Home




See all Press Releases & Feature Stories »

Featured Video

Laboratory News

ESD Personnel Serve as ARSET Water Quality Trainers/Speakers

July 18 - July 25, NASA ARSET just completed an advanced, online training titled Monitoring Water Quality of Inland Lakes using Remote Sensing. This three-part training focused on demonstrating the use of remote sensing observations from Landsat 8 and 9, Sentinel-2, and Sentinel-3 for assessing water quality parameters, including chlorophyll-a concentration and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) in inland lakes. This training also highlighted the importance of in situ measurements of these parameters, coincident with satellite observations, in developing methodologies for operational water quality monitoring. ARSET trainers Amita Mehta (612/UMBC) and Sean McCartney (610/SSAI) delivered the training along with guest speakers Bridget Seegers (616/MSU) and Blake Schaeffer (US EPA). Melanie Follette-Cook (612), Brock Blevins (612/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (612/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (612/SSAI), Natasha Johnson-Griffin (612/GST), Suzanne Monthie (612/GST), and Jonathan O’Brien (612/SSAI) supported the training. In attendance were 1,054 participants from 108 countries and 32 U.S. states. Approximately 500 unique organizations were represented.

Goddard Monitors Smoke from Canada Wildfires

An unusually intense start to Canada’s wildfire season filled skies with smoke in May 2023. Then, at the beginning of June, scores of new fires raged in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec. NASA’s Aqua satellite, operated at Goddard, has captured imagery of the smoke. The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) based at Goddard has computed models of where the smoke may travel in coming days.

PACE Mission Blog: NASA’s PACE Spacecraft Assembled, Advances Toward Launch

This past month, the PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission advanced closer to launch, passing a critical review demonstrating final tests for its readiness for observatory integration and testing. PACE will continue preparations for its move to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it is scheduled to launch in January 2024.
More Laboratory News »


The Ocean Ecology Laboratory (OEL) advances Earth System Science by managing ocean and atmospheric satellite climate data records, developing new remote sensing, field, laboratory, and modeling methods, and by conducting innovative research in ocean Biogeochemistry and atmospheric composition and processes.

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

Contact Us

Carlos Del Castillo

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.

NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration