NASA's Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) Field Campaign
Starting July 2014, scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space. For the three weeks, follow SABOR researchers as they work toward finding out how and why plankton are changing around the planet, and where the carbon associated with plankton goes. Plankton play an important part of the climate system and deliver oxygen to the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, and form the base of the marine food chain.
This image shows one of the possible ship paths (red) and coordinated aircraft flight lines (yellow) for SABOR. Scientists on the National Science Foundation's Research Vessel Endeavor, operated by the University of Rhode Island, depart from Narragansett, Rhode Island on July 18 to cruise through a range of ecosystems and water types between the U.S. East Coast and the Bahamas. NASA's UC-12 airborne laboratory, based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will begin making science flights over the Atlantic on July 20.
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