NASA's OceanColor Web is supported by the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Our responsibilities include the collection, processing, calibration, validation, archive and distribution of ocean-related products from a large number of operational, satellite-based remote-sensing missions providing ocean color, sea surface temperature and sea surface salinity data to the international research community since 1996.

Ocean Color Feature

Spring Bloom in the Bay of Biscay

The Bay of Biscay usually reaches the peak of its spring phytoplankton bloom in April, and this VIIRS image shows a bloom well underway on April 13, 2015. If trends during the past seventeen years are any indication, then we may expect the peak bloom in this region to grow still larger next year and perhaps even larger the year after that.

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SeaDAS is an image analysis package for the processing and display of satellite ocean color data.


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SeaBASS is a repository of in situ oceanographic data to support algorithm development and satellite data product validation activities.


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The OBPG serves as a Distributed Active Archive Center for satellite ocean biology data produced or collected under NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System, including those from historical missions and partner space organizations.


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The OBPG maintains a Field Support Group that collects in situ data, engages in community measurement protocols activities, and hosts an HPLC phytoplankton pigment processing facility.