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SeaWiFS: the North Atlantic Bloom

By monitoring the color of reflected light via satellite, scientists can determine how successfully plant life is photosynthesizing. A measurement of photosynthesis is essentially a measurement of successful growth, and growth means successful use of ambient carbon.
Until now, scientists have only had a continuous record of photosynthesis on land. But following three years of continual data collected by the SeaWiFS instrument, NASA has gathered the first record of photosynthetic productivity in the oceans. By taking three years of continuous data as a whole, experts have been able to map trends and anomalies in the global circulation of carbon to a degree of detail than has never been done before. It is a baseline measurement to by which all future measurements will be compared.
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The SeaWiFS instrument looks at the world oceans
and land to observe the plant life and phytoplankton. Zooming down
to the North Atlantic one can see the North Atlantic Bloom (in bright
green) this shows an flowing upwelling.    The SeaWiFS instrument looks at the world oceans and land to observe the plant life and phytoplankton. Zooming down to the North Atlantic one can see the North Atlantic Bloom (in bright green) this shows an flowing upwelling.
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Looking at the North Atlantic one can see the North Atlantic Bloom (in bright
green) this shows an flowing upwelling.    Looking at the North Atlantic one can see the North Atlantic Bloom (in bright green) this shows an flowing upwelling.

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Video slate image reads,    Video slate image reads, "The SeaWiFS instrument looks at the world oceans and land to observe the plant life and phytoplankton. Zooming down to the North Atlantic one can see the North Atlantic Bloom (in bright green) this shows an upwelling of nurturance".

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?2077
Animation Number:2077
Completed:2001-03-09
Animators:Stuart A. Snodgrass (GST) (Lead)
 Marte Newcombe (GST)
Scientist:Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:SeaStar/SeaWiFS (1997/09/20 - 2000/09/20)
Series:SeaWiFS Biosphere
Video:SVS2001-0008 *
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, The SeaWiFS Project and GeoEye, Scientific Visualization Studio. NOTE: All SeaWiFS images and data presented on this web site are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with GeoEye (http://www.geoeye.com).
 
Keywords:
DLESE >> Biological oceanography
SVS >> Biosphere
SVS >> Bloom
SVS >> Carbon
GCMD >> Location >> North Atlantic Ocean
 
 


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