Earth  ID: 3524

Biosphere Data Over Northeastern United States (Land Masked)

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.

Visualization Credits

Trent L. Schindler (UMBC): Lead Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Laura Motel (UMBC): Producer
Maria Frostic (UMBC): Producer
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
David Adamec (NASA/GSFC): 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 (NOTE: In January 2013, DigitalGlobe and GeoEye combined to become DigitalGlobe).

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Data Used:
SeaStar/SeaWiFS/Global Biosphere 9/23/1997 - 9/20/2006
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

Dates of Data Used:
9/23/1997 - 9/20/2006

This item is part of this series:
SeaWiFS Biosphere

Keywords:
DLESE >> Biology
SVS >> HDTV
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
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Circulation >> Ocean Currents
SVS >> Climate Change
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Oceanic Food Web
SVS >> Oceans >> Seaboard
SVS >> Oceans >> Plant Life
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