NASA's OceanColor Web is supported by the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. As a Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS), our responsibilities include the collection, processing, calibration, validation 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. As a Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC), known as the Ocean Biology DAAC (OB.DAAC), we are responsible for the archive and distribution of satellite ocean biology data produced or collected under NASA EOSDIS, including those from historical missions and partner space organizations.

Ocean Color Feature

Salton Sea

The Salton Sea was once a thriving and popular tourist location, but various factors, including an increase in the number of warm days per year and higher temperatures have caused the lake to recede, exposing a toxic lakebed and producing swirling growths of cyanobacteria.

This scene was collected by Landsat 8 on October 12, 2021. Click on it to get a larger version.

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