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Why Ocean Color from Space?

Why Ocean Color from Space?

Winds, tides, and density differences constantly stir the oceans while phytoplankton continually grow and die. Without orbiting radiometers we would be unable to track this variability over time and would have a much poorer understanding of ocean processes that are critical to our survival.

The composite above comprises data collected by Suomi-NPP/VIIRS on April 9, 2015. A larger (6.5 megabyte) version is also available.


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