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


It's the smaller of Earth's two remaining ice sheets, but it still stores a lot of water. Melting of this ice sheet is increasing as climate warms. If it melted completely it could increase sea level by roughly 6 meters.

Uneven mixing of Greenland's meltwater into the surrounding ocean likely contributes to phytoplankton diversity which sometimes manifests itself as variations in ocean color in images such as this one.

Click on the above MODIS composite for a larger version of the image.