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

Gulf of Alaska and Station Papa

The skies over Ocean Station Papa are cloudy more often than not, and the North Pacific there is often anything but. On September 30, 2018, however — while a storm churned to the west — Station Papa and much of the Gulf of Alaska basked in sunshine. The VIIRS instrument aboard the Suomi-NPP spacecraft took advantage of the clear skies to image phytoplankton communities swirling in the turbulent ocean.

Station Papa has recently been the site of the first stage of the EXPORTS field campaign.

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