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

Western Bering Sea

Clouds cleared over the western Bering Sea at the end of May 2019 to reveal phytoplankton assemblages stirred by ocean currents. Variations in species composition, depth distribution, and even the physiological state of the phytoplankton all contribute to subtle changes in water color as measured by the orbiting radiometer.

Larger versions of the Aqua/MODIS images displayed above are available for May 28, May 29, and May 30 of 2019.

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