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

Benguela Current Features

Recent MODIS data from the Benguela Current region off the coast of Namibia include linear, yellowish features such as are shown in the above image collected on April 10, 2014. If any seafarer in the area knows what these are, we would also be curious to know. Perhaps these are associated with sulfur precipitation events that have been described in this area; perhaps these are phytoplankton blooms; perhaps there is some connection with the wind-borne dust seen in other parts of the larger image.

Click on the above image for a broader view of the southwest African coast, or download the full-resolution (20 megabyte) image.

Meanwhile, nearly half a world away, you can continue to follow our field support group as they gather sea-truth data in the South Pacific.

Image Gallery

NOTE: All SeaWiFS images presented here are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with GeoEye

Ocean Color Distribution Statistics