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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

The Turbulent Bering Sea

Large blooms of phytoplankton (likely coccolithophores) surrounded the 51-kilometer-long St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea on October 8, 2014 when the above Aqua-MODIS image was collected. The swirls and eddies of color give some indication of the turbulent nature of these waters. The reflective blooms have been visible from orbit for a few months now.

Click on the above image to see a larger region including browner, sediment-laden waters along the coast of Alaska. A full-resolution, 10-megabyte version is also available.

Image Gallery

Ocean Color Distribution Statistics