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Global Rotation of SeaWiFS Biosphere Decadal Average with Land

The SeaWiFS instrument aboard the Seastar satellite has been collecting ocean data since 1997. 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. This animation shows an average of 10 years worth of SeaWiFS data. Dark blue represents warmer areas where there tends to be a lack of nutrients, and greens and reds represent cooler nutrient-rich areas which support life. The nutrient-rich areas include coastal regions where cold water rises from the sea floor bringing nutrients along and areas at the mouths of rivers where the rivers have brought nutrients into the ocean from the land.


Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Michael Behrenfeld (Oregon State University): Scientist
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).

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Data Used:
SeaStar/SeaWiFS/Global Biosphere 08/29/1997 - 10/23/2006

Dates of Data Used:
08/29/1997 - 10/23/2006

This item is part of this series:
Ocean Productivity

Keywords:
DLESE >> Chemical oceanography
DLESE >> Environmental science
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Hydrology
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Vegetation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Microbiota >> Chlorophyll
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Microbiota Taxonomy >> Phytoplankton
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Plant Taxonomy >> Phytoplankton
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Vegetation >> Chlorophyll
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Vegetation >> Vegetation Index
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Water Quality/Water Chemistry >> Chlorophyll
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Chemistry >> Chlorophyll
SVS >> Copenhagen
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0