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

Frisian Frills

A springtime plankton bloom is visible off the Frisian coast, along with sediment plumes flowing from the Elbe, Weser, and Thames rivers. The colors from each of those in the waters of the German Bight, combined with movements from currents, winds, and tides create mesmerizing patterns.

This image was captured on April 2, 2023, by the Aqua-MODIS sensor.

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