Sensor Summary

The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than 2023. The mission will carry the Ocean Color Instrument (OCI), which is a hyperspectral radiometer spanning the ultraviolet to near infrared, with additional bands in the shortwave infrared, that is designed to provide measurements for the production of global ocean color, aerosol, and cloud science data records. PACE will also carry two multiangle polarimeters: HARP2 (Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter 2) and SPEXone (Spectro-polarimeter for Planetary Exploration one), which will provide additional measurements and products to expand our understanding of aerosol and cloud microphysical properties and support advance applications in ocean biology and biogeochemistry.

Learn more about the PACE instrument suite:

Data Record PeriodOur set of data records covers the entire routine operations period from TBD.
Version History To be provided once data production begins.
Data Access
Data CitationSuggested Citation for PACE data:

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Ocean Biology Processing Group. Plankton, Aerosol, Clouds, and ocean Ecosystem {Dataset Name} Data; NASA OB.DAAC, Greenbelt, MD, USA. doi: {DOI}.
Accessed on 06/02/2023

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Mission citation

Werdell, P.J., Behrenfeld, M.J., Bontempi, P.S., Boss, E., Cairns, B., Davis, G.T., Franz, B.A., Gliese, U.B., Gorman, E.T., Hasekamp, O., Knobelspiesse, K.D., Mannino, A., Martins, J.V., McClain, C.R., Meister, G., and Remer, L.A. (2019). The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem Mission: Status, Science, Advances, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 100(9), doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0056.1