Ocean Color Feature
Gulf of Alaska
In the summertime, meltwater from Alaska's glaciers washes into the Gulf of Alaska carrying a suspended load of rock flour with it. The glacial scrapings supply the micro-nutrient, iron, to the gulf. Mesoscale eddies help distribute the iron to the offshore waters where it promotes the growth of phytoplankton, particularly diatoms.
Ocean Biology Distributed Active Archive Center
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.
SeaDAS is an image analysis package for the processing and display of satellite ocean color data.
SeaBASS is a repository of in situ oceanographic data to support algorithm development and satellite data product validation activities.
Field Support Group
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.