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

Large quantities of smoke from several destructive fires in California obscure the Pacific Ocean to the southwest of that state in the above 11 November 2018 Suomi-NPP/VIIRS composite. Fueled by drought conditions and strong winds, such fires could become more common as our planet continues to warm in response to our heavy dependence on greenhouse-gas-producing fossil fuels.

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