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Silver Medal for CyAN Project Team

The CyAN Project team received an EPA Silver Medal for Superior Service for the “Cyanobacteria Assessment Network: delivery of mission critical satellite data and a user-friendly mobile phone application to protect drinking and recreational waters nationwide from cyanoHABs.” CyAN is a joint EPA-NOAA-USGS-NASA effort, currently beginning its seventh year, where the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (616) provides the operational data processing and distribution arm of the project.
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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.

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