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

The North Sea

The above 9 May 2016 view of the North Sea shows some variation in water color that might be related to differences in the phytoplankton communities that live in that body of water. Measuring these differences is difficult enough from sea level, never mind from orbit. With future ocean color missions such as PACE, NASA hopes to make the task a bit more tractable.