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Data Access

Level 1 and 2 Browser

Visually search the ocean color data archive. Directly download or order data from a single file to an entire mission. Data from the Aquarius mission is also available.

Level 3 Browser

Browse the entire global ocean color, sea surface temperature and sea surface salinity data sets for many parameters and time periods and download PNG images or digital data in HDF format.

Data Archive

Access to the complete data archive. Retrieval of data in bulk is possible.

Ocean Productivity

Ocean Net Primary Productivity data products derived from MODIS and/or SeaWiFS data available from Oregon State University.


An easy-to-use, Web-based interface for the visualization and analysis of Earth Science data provided by the GES DISC DAAC.

MEaSUREs Ocean Color Project

This project creates a variety of established and new ocean color products for evaluation as candidates to become Earth Science Data Records.

Support Services


A comprehensive image analysis package for the processing, display, analysis, and quality control of ocean color data.


An archive of in situ oceanographic and atmospheric data for use in algorithm development and satellite data product validation.

Registration for support services:

Near Real-Time (NRT) Services:

  • NRT Data Subscriptions
    Subscriptions allow users to specify regions for NRT data to be continually staged on our FTP server for download.

Information Services:

Other Services:

Ocean Color Feature

Chlorophyll as a Current Tracer

eastern Indian Ocean chlorophyll image eastern Indian Ocean chlorophyll animation

chlorophyll colorscale

Phytoplankton, for the most part, move wherever ocean currents take them. Because of this they can sometimes be used to reveal current flows in the ocean through the chlorophyll they carry. If you move your pointer over the above Suomi-NPP-VIIRS image of chlorophyll concentrations off the northwestern coast of Australia, you will see how currents moved the phytoplankton around during the month of August, 2014. Click on the image to see an animation of a larger portion of the eastern Indian Ocean that reveals eddies within eddies in this turbulent region. (Black patches within the animation are clouds moving through the scene.)

Image Gallery

Ocean Color Distribution Statistics