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Expedition Probes Ocean's Smallest Organisms for Climate Answers

[08-Aug-18] Satellite images of phytoplankton blooms on the surface of the ocean often dazzle with their diverse colors, shades and shapes. But phytoplankton are more than just nature's watercolors: They play a key role in Earth's climate by removing heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. NASA

NASA's Ocean-Watching Mission Gets Jazzy, Colorful New Videos

[26-Jul-18] Four new videos showcase NASA's ocean-watching PACE mission with moving mosaics, stop-motion animation and jazz. The animations (which can also be viewed in the PACE video gallery) take on topics of biodiversity, harmful algal blooms, aerosols, and fisheries. Space.com
The NSF-NASA EXPORTS project will track the fate of phytoplankton (green) in the Pacific Ocean.

NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean 'Twilight Zone' to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

[18-Jun-18] A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August. The team's mission for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to study the life and death of the small organisms that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in the ocean's carbon cycle. PR Newswire

Improved Ocean Color Data Software is Released

[09-May-18] SeaDAS is a comprehensive software package for the processing, display, analysis, and quality control of ocean color data. Originally developed to support the SeaWiFS mission, it now supports most U.S. and international ocean color missions. A new release, Version 7.5, includes over 1700 code updates that have resulted in enhanced statistical tools, help features, and other improvements. SeaDAS is available from the Ocean Biology Distributed Active Archive Center (OB.DAAC) at Goddard Space Flight Center.

A Novel Approach to a Satellite Mission's Science Team

[12-Feb-18] The NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, with a target launch within the next 5 years, aims to make measurements that will advance ocean and atmospheric science and facilitate interdisciplinary studies involving the interaction of the atmosphere with ocean biological systems. Unique to this Earth science satellite project was the formation of a science team charged with a dual role: performing principal investigator (PI)-led peer-reviewed science relevant to specific aspects of PACE, as well as supporting the mission's overall formulation as a unified team. EOS

NASA Mission to Study Ocean Life Advances

[04-Aug-17] Following a key program review, the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem, or PACE, mission is now entering its design phase. MORE

NASA Taking Stock of Phytoplankton Populations in the Pacific

[03-Feb-17] The microscopic size of phytoplankton, the plant-like organisms that live in the sunlit upper ocean, belies their importance in the global environment. They provide the food source for the zooplankton that ultimately feed larger animals ranging from small fish to whales. And like plants on land, phytoplankton use carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow and thrive through photosynthesis, which ultimately releases oxygen into the ocean and atmosphere. MORE

NASA's Next Ocean Monitoring Spacecraft to be Built at Goddard

[29-Sep-16] The spacecraft for a new NASA satellite mission designed to monitor microscopic ocean life and its outsized impact on Earth's climate will be built at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA

PACE Mission Will Uncover New Information About Health of Our Oceans

[19-Jul-16] NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is a first-of-its-kind project that aims to answer key questions about the consequences of climate change on the health of our oceans and their relationship with airborne particles and clouds. PACE will use a wide spectrum of wavelengths from an "ocean color" instrument to provide scientists with this information. NASA

New NASA Mission to Study Ocean Color, Airborne Particles and Clouds

[13-Mar-15] NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth's oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle. NASA