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Biosphere Data Over Northeastern United States

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 represents nearly a decade's worth of data taken by the SeaWiFS instrument, showing the abundance of life in the sea and along the north eastern seaboard of the United States. Dark blue represents warmer areas where there is little life due to lack of nutrients, and greens and reds represent cooler nutrient-rich areas. 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. The nutrient-rich waters contribute to some of the oxygen-poor pockets of the seas called dead zones.
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This animation begins with a wide shot of the United States and zooms down to the Northeastern seaboard of the United States while cycling through nearly ten years of SeaWiFS biosphere data.    This animation begins with a wide shot of the United States and zooms down to the Northeastern seaboard of the United States while cycling through nearly ten years of SeaWiFS biosphere data.
Duration: 2.7 minutes
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  1280x720 (30 fps) MPEG-4   124 MB
  1280x720 (30 fps) MPEG-2   285 MB
  512x288 (30 fps) MPEG-1   53 MB
  1280x720 (30 fps) Frames (Northeast Biosphere data)
  1280x720 (60 fps) Frames (Northeast Biosphere data)
  320x180     PNG           88 KB
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This animation begins with a wide shot of the United States and zooms down to the Northeastern seaboard of the United States while cycling through nearly ten years of SeaWiFS biosphere data.  This animation is annotated with corresponding dates.    This animation begins with a wide shot of the United States and zooms down to the Northeastern seaboard of the United States while cycling through nearly ten years of SeaWiFS biosphere data. This animation is annotated with corresponding dates.
Duration: 1.8 minutes
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  1280x720 (30 fps) MPEG-4   83 MB
  1280x720 (30 fps) MPEG-2   199 MB
  512x288 (30 fps) MPEG-1   35 MB
  1280x720 (30 fps) Frames (Northeast Biosphere data with dates)
  1280x720 (60 fps) Frames (Northeast Biosphere data with dates)
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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3515
Animation Number:3515
Completed:2008-05-29
Animator:Alex Kekesi (GST) (Lead)
Producers:Laura Motel (UMBC)
 Maria Frostic (UMBC)
Scientist:Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:SeaStar/SeaWiFS/Global Biosphere (9/23/1997 - 9/20/2006)
Data Collected:9/23/1997 - 9/20/2006
Series:SeaWiFS Biosphere
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio 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 >> Biology
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Ocean Currents
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Microbiota Taxonomy >> Phytoplankton
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Plant Taxonomy >> Phytoplankton
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Water Quality/Water Chemistry >> Oxygen
SVS >> Climate Change
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Oceanic Food Web
SVS >> Oceans >> Seaboard
 
 


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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

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