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

An Island, An Iceberg, And Phytoplankton

On December 3, 2020, the VIIRS instruments on both Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 captured a view of Iceberg A-68A floating near South Georgia Island while phytoplankton blooms colored the surrounding ocean. The above image is a composite of data from both VIIRS instruments. Click on it to get a larger version showing the relationship to South America and the Antarctic ice front.

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