Most people wouldn't expect microscopic life forms in the ocean to have much to do with Earth's atmosphere. It turns out that their influence is profound, which is why an extraordinary team of scientists has taken to the sea and the air for a novel research mission. In this video we take a look at the scientific goals behind the NAAMES field campaign, with spotlights on the primary components of the mission.
The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) is a five year investigation to resolve key processes controlling ocean system function, their influences on atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their implications for climate. Observations obtained druing four targeted ship and aircraft measurement campaigns, combined with the continuous satellite and in situ ocean sensor records will enable improved predictive capabilities of Earth system processes and will inform ocean management and assessment of ecosystem change.
Aboard the R/V Atlantis, scientists, engineers, and the ship's crew set off for nearly a month at sea as part of the 2016 NAAMES research expedition. The R/V Atlantis is a research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Go behind the scenes with the NAAMES campaign and get a taste of what the NASA Social participants saw when the visited the team in Woods Hole, MA. To learn more about NASA Socials and how you can get involved, visit:
NASA airborne science's Earth Expedition is all about what you can learn about our planet from the air, and that requires a durable and versatile airplane with a great crew. Meet one of NASA's C-130 Hercules airplanes as it flew above the Atlantic Ocean measuring aerosols, clouds, ocean color, and atmospheric chemistry as part of the 2016 North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study.