Ocean Color Imagery

  • Released Monday, June 13th, 2016
  • Updated Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 12:40AM
  • ID: 30783

Gulf of MexicoThis image of the northern Gulf of Mexico was created from remote-sensing reflectance and chlorophyll measurements taken from newly reprocessed VIIRS data collected on October 15, 2014. For more information, visit: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/image_archive.cgi?c=ALL

Gulf of Mexico

This image of the northern Gulf of Mexico was created from remote-sensing reflectance and chlorophyll measurements taken from newly reprocessed VIIRS data collected on October 15, 2014.

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Malacca StraitThis Landsat 8 image was collected on February 16, 2015For more information visit: entry #30783

Malacca Strait

This Landsat 8 image was collected on February 16, 2015

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Prince Edward Islands PlumeThe topographic effect of the Prince Edward Islands in the predominantly eastward flowing currents of the southwestern Indian Ocean along with input of nutrients from the volcanic soils of the islands themselves and significant runoff of seabird and seal guano in the abundant local rainfall often results in a down-current plume of relatively high chlorophyll concentrations.Farther north, the higher chlorophyll associated with the Agulhas Return Current is visible. North of that a cyclonic, cold-core eddy stands out from its low chlorophyll surroundings. For more information, visit: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/image_archive.cgi?c=ALL

Prince Edward Islands Plume

The topographic effect of the Prince Edward Islands in the predominantly eastward flowing currents of the southwestern Indian Ocean along with input of nutrients from the volcanic soils of the islands themselves and significant runoff of seabird and seal guano in the abundant local rainfall often results in a down-current plume of relatively high chlorophyll concentrations.

Farther north, the higher chlorophyll associated with the Agulhas Return Current is visible. North of that a cyclonic, cold-core eddy stands out from its low chlorophyll surroundings.

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Speke Gulf, Lake VictoriaThis Landsat 8 image was collected on January 6, 2016For more information, visit: entry #30783

Speke Gulf, Lake Victoria

This Landsat 8 image was collected on January 6, 2016

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Ganges DeltaThis Landsat 8 image was collected on December 18, 2014For more information, visit: entry #30783

Ganges Delta

This Landsat 8 image was collected on December 18, 2014

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KuwaitThis Landsat 8 image was collected on October 14, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Kuwait

This Landsat 8 image was collected on October 14, 2015

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Gulf of BothniaThis Landsat 8 image was collected on May 18, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Gulf of Bothnia

This Landsat 8 image was collected on May 18, 2015

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HokkaidoThe Japanese island of Hokkaido may have still been largely snow covered, but the surrounding ocean was blooming on April 3, 2009. The cold Oyashio current flows past the island bringing a rich nutrient supply from the north which feeds phytoplankton powered by the spring sunshine. The warm Kuroshio Current collides with the Oyashio near the bottom right of the above image and both turn eastward to become the North Pacific Current. For more information, visit: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/image_archive.cgi?c=ALL

Hokkaido

The Japanese island of Hokkaido may have still been largely snow covered, but the surrounding ocean was blooming on April 3, 2009. The cold Oyashio current flows past the island bringing a rich nutrient supply from the north which feeds phytoplankton powered by the spring sunshine. The warm Kuroshio Current collides with the Oyashio near the bottom right of the above image and both turn eastward to become the North Pacific Current.

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Congo RiverThis Landsat 8 image was collected on March 2, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Congo River

This Landsat 8 image was collected on March 2, 2015

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Arabian Sea Winter BloomsFilamentous green swirls fill the northern Arabian Sea in February 2015. Recent research in the area has found that while winter blooms used to be dominated by diatoms, they are now largely composed of dinoflagellates -- a change that may have significant effects on the food web. For more information, visit: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/image_archive.cgi?c=ALL

Arabian Sea Winter Blooms

Filamentous green swirls fill the northern Arabian Sea in February 2015. Recent research in the area has found that while winter blooms used to be dominated by diatoms, they are now largely composed of dinoflagellates -- a change that may have significant effects on the food web.

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Mississippi River DeltaThis Landsat 8 image was collected on January 12, 2014For more information visit: entry #30783

Mississippi River Delta

This Landsat 8 image was collected on January 12, 2014

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Thames EstuaryThis Landsat 8 image was collected on October 30, 2013For more information, visit: entry #30783

Thames Estuary

This Landsat 8 image was collected on October 30, 2013

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Baltic Sea GraticuleThis Landsat 8 image was collected on August 10, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Baltic Sea Graticule

This Landsat 8 image was collected on August 10, 2015

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Pribilof IslandsThis Landsat 8 image was collected on September 22, 2014For more information, visit: entry #30783

Pribilof Islands

This Landsat 8 image was collected on September 22, 2014

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Chesha BayThis Landsat 8 image was collected on May 18, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Chesha Bay

This Landsat 8 image was collected on May 18, 2015

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Lagoa Dos PatosThis Landsat 8 image was collected on May 31, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Lagoa Dos Patos

This Landsat 8 image was collected on May 31, 2015

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New ZealandThe patchiness exhibited by phytoplankton communities around New Zealand in this image provides the raison d'être for satellite remote sensing of ocean color; a whole fleet of ships, drifters, gliders, and buoys could not capture this variability before it morphed into a new pattern.This image was collected by VIIRS image collected on September 30, 2015.For more information, visit: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/image_archive.cgi?c=ALL

New Zealand

The patchiness exhibited by phytoplankton communities around New Zealand in this image provides the raison d'être for satellite remote sensing of ocean color; a whole fleet of ships, drifters, gliders, and buoys could not capture this variability before it morphed into a new pattern.

This image was collected by VIIRS image collected on September 30, 2015.

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Patagonian Sea The Patagonian Sea is "one of the most biologically productive regions in the global ocean". Recent studies show chlorophyll concentrations have increased there over the past seventeen years.This VIIRS image was collected on March 12, 2016. For more information, visit: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/image_archive.cgi?c=ALL

Patagonian Sea

The Patagonian Sea is "one of the most biologically productive regions in the global ocean". Recent studies show chlorophyll concentrations have increased there over the past seventeen years.

This VIIRS image was collected on March 12, 2016.

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Sea of MarmaraThis Landsat 8 image was collected on May 16, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Sea of Marmara

This Landsat 8 image was collected on May 16, 2015

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Lena DeltaThis Landsat 8 image was collected on July 16, 2013For more information visit: entry #30783

Lena Delta

This Landsat 8 image was collected on July 16, 2013

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CroatiaThis Landsat 8 image was collected on December 16, 2015For more information, visit: entry #30783

Croatia

This Landsat 8 image was collected on December 16, 2015

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Barents Sea Recent work suggests that diatoms predominate during May in the Barents Sea while coccolithophores bloom in August. This MODIS scene, collected on July 10, 2014, may show those arctic waters in transition between greener diatom-dominated and milkier coccolithophore-dominated waters.Ocean colors in the above image represent remote-sensing reflectance in the red, green, and blue portions of the spectrum. Green and blue reflectances have been scaled the same way, but the red reflectance has been scaled brighter to accentuate differences in this relatively dark portion of the spectrum. (Note that positive identification of phytoplankton species is not possible from these data alone; sea-surface sampling would be required for that.) For more information, visit: oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/image_archive.cgi?c=ALL

Barents Sea

Recent work suggests that diatoms predominate during May in the Barents Sea while coccolithophores bloom in August. This MODIS scene, collected on July 10, 2014, may show those arctic waters in transition between greener diatom-dominated and milkier coccolithophore-dominated waters.

Ocean colors in the above image represent remote-sensing reflectance in the red, green, and blue portions of the spectrum. Green and blue reflectances have been scaled the same way, but the red reflectance has been scaled brighter to accentuate differences in this relatively dark portion of the spectrum. (Note that positive identification of phytoplankton species is not possible from these data alone; sea-surface sampling would be required for that.)

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Tyuleni ArchipelagoThis Landsat 8 image was collected on April 7, 2016For more information, visit: entry #30783

Tyuleni Archipelago

This Landsat 8 image was collected on April 7, 2016

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Atlantic PhytoplanktonThis image was collected on June 3, 2016.For more information visit: 	entry #30783.

Atlantic Phytoplankton

This image was collected on June 3, 2016.

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