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

Channel Islands off the California Coast

Image of the Channel Islands off the California Coast
A nice, clear image of California and the Channel Islands. The Santa Anna winds are creating whitecaps in the water near the coastline and commonly create the conditions for explosive wildfires. For those who read "The Island of the Blue Dolphins" in school, the story is based on real events that occurred on the small, isolated island in the center of the frame.

This image was taken on Nov. 19, 2022 by the HawkEye instrument on the Seahawk spacecraft. (Image Credit: Alan Holmes, the Hawkeye Instrument Engineer.)

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