Video Descriptions for A Sea of Data with PACE

Narration: Ryan Fitzgibbons


0:00 Animation of satellite hovering above the Earth’s atmosphere. Superimposed on the right side is a circle with a fanned array of 8 crayons slowly rotating. The circle of crayons rotates to the left out of frame, revealing a multicolored globe with the Pacific Ocean, North America and the northern section of South America visible. Hues of blues, teals, greens, yellows and reds pulse indicating the presence of plant life.

0:08 PACE Project Scientist Jeremy Werdell appears on camera in a tv studio. Behind him is a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean and Mid-Atlantic coast.

0:11 Animation of the PACE satellite hovering above the Earth. A single solar array juts out, as well as a right-angled open shield covering a key instrument. Labels reading “Ocean Color Instrument (OCI)” appear over the open shield component.

0:15 The PACE satellite animation is quickly framed by video of a very large circular array of hundreds of multicolored crayons that rotate.

0:21 Werdell back on camera with a gleeful expression.

0:26 Data visualization showing the orbit and instrument swaths of PACE. A gray wireframe globe is filled in with colors of blues, greens and violets, which indicate plant life in the ocean. Labels on screen read “OCI,” “HARP2,” and “SPEXone” as the PACE spacecraft quickly orbits from north to south around the globe.

0:34 Werdell back on camera

0:36 Animation of the PACE spacecraft over Earth as the camera tilts up with PACE in the middle. As the camera tilts up, the logo for PACE is revealed over the black space background.

0:41 Aerial footage of a Caribbean resort, headed from the sand toward the ocean with visible reddish-brown algae covering much of the water closest to shore.

0:44 Data visualization showing global carbon dioxide derived from the OCO-2 satellite. The global projection is covered in deep orange and pink hues, which indicate a mean of CO2 around 410 parts per million as of December 2019. As time approaches August 2020, the levels of CO2 fluctuate.

0:48 Aerial footage of a very smoggy view of downtown Los Angeles, California.

0:50 Data visualization showing the swirling ocean currents in the Gulf Stream and Atlantic Ocean. Blues and whites indicate the depth of the currents as the camera zooms out.

0:53 Footage of a Philippine beach with the ocean colored deep red because of a red tide algal bloom.

0:57 Aerial footage looking straight down at a teal tropical bay with a large yellow-brown blob of sargassum algae covering half of the frame.

1:03 Werdell sits in the studio. A graphic reads “Jeremy Werdell, PACE Project Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.”

1:06 Footage of the PACE spacecraft, a large light gold colored box the size of two refrigerators with one panel open revealing a nest of silver cables and blue boxes. Three engineers in bunny suits walk around it and adjust wires.

1:14 Footage of the Ocean Color Instrument atop a table in a lab. The instrument is the size of a large microwave.

1:16 Footage of engineers slowly pushing a cart with the toaster-sized SPEXone polarimeter instrument, which is gold, silver and red.

1:18 The fully constructed PACE spacecraft spins around atop a mount as the camera tilts upward to reveal different instruments.

1:22 Full screen graphic over footage of the open ocean. Several circles with imagery appear from the bottom of the frame and exit the top of the frame. The first grouping shows open ocean, grassy land, a view above the clouds and a carbon dioxide molecule diagram. The next grouping shows a wildfire near a highway, microscopic aerosol particles and microscopic chains of phytoplankton. The next grouping shows a fisherman in a rowboat in a bright green bay, a red tide filled ocean in the Philippines and a satellite image of a bright green plankton bloom along a coast. The final grouping shows a section of a climate graph increasing from left to right, aerosol particles and a data visualization showing the global temperature anomalies over a projection of Earth.

1:38 Animation of the PACE satellite centered in frame above Earth as the camera slowly pushes in toward it.

1:45 Aerial footage of a bright neon green ocean with a fisherman in a small rowboat near the shore.

1:49 Aerial footage of a choppy gray-green open ocean

1:52 Aerial footage of a tropical resort beach with ocean water nearest the shore reddish-brown due to sargassum algae.

1:56 Footage of the PACE spacecraft in a cleanroom slowly rotating as different white-paneled instruments and panels become visible.

1:59 Data visualization showing PACE’s Ocean Color Instrument and its data-gathering swath over a section of Southeast Asia

2:03 Macroscopic view of oblong plant cells with thousands of green spherical chloroplasts. A long white molecular diagram of chlorophyll-a appears over top the footage.

2:07 Data visualization of Central America and the northern half of South America showing concentration of chlorophyll. The coastlines of South America and much of Central America have darker green near the shore with less green extending out into their respective water bodies.

2:11 Werdell back in the studio.

2:16 Aerial footage of a Thai fishing village on the blue-green water. Rows of brightly colored roofs built over a network of piers are in the foreground with tall mountainous islands appear in the background.

2:17 A rectangle of blue-green that matches the water in the fishing village appears over the bottom of the screen. A series of land and marine footage appear, each with a block of a different shade of green corresponding to a dominant color in the footage.

2:28 Full screen graphic showing an inset of a satellite image of Bermuda. A vertical scale on the right shows red, green and blue wavelengths, going from 300 nanometers to 1100 nanometers. The scale also shows ranges from the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared. As the scale moves upward on the scale, the colors on the satellite image shift from teals to dark blues to dark reds.

2:37 Footage of the PACE spacecraft rotates while mounted vertically in a cleanroom. As the camera tilts down, two small instruments are highlighted in yellow.

2:41 Data visualization of PACE’s polarimeters and their coverage angles over a gridded globe. The first polarimeter is a wide-angled instrument labeled HARP2. The visualization fades to show the second polarimeter, SPEXone, which covers a width only a small fraction of HARP2.

2:47 Animation of a macroscopic view of aerosols, fuzzy, spiky spheres, some encased in water droplets. The camera quickly zooms out to reveal a large gray cloud with the Sun emitting rays that interact with the cloud and reflect off in many directions.

2:55 Data visualization showing a gridded globe with PACE orbiting from south to north, leaving behind a thin band of gray and white data over the ocean and land. The label “SPEXone” is in the bottom left. Then the “HARP2” label appears and multicolored data in much wider bands appear as PACE continues to orbit.

3:07 Werdell in the studio, gesturing with his hands.

3:12 Footage from a classroom or lab setting. Two women in the foreground listen with several other students in the background.

3:16 In the same lab, Werdell leans over to point out something on a student’s document.

3:19 In the same lab, another instructor points to a rainbow-colored curved graph on a projection screen.

3:21 Footage of Werdell in the lab explaining something while seated.

3:22 Footage of two women in the lab assembling a small electronic component while referring to a textbook.

3:26 Footage of two different women looking at a laptop while writing.

3:27 Footage of an instructor at the front of the lab pointing out information on a chalkboard.

3:29 Data visualization showing the data swaths from all three PACE instruments, labeled “OCI,” “HARP2” and “SPEXone.” PACE continues to orbit and creates overlaying bands of multicolored data on a gray gridded globe.

3:32 Screen is split into three panels of footage, the left is high altitude orange clouds, the middle is a tropical shoreline with a large blob of brown algae, and the right is a bright green tropical forest.

3:38 Underwater footage showing the grasses at the bottom as the camera moves up toward a large school of silvery fish.

3:43 The NASA logo, a blue circle with a red stylized arrow and a white orbit path around white letters reading “NASA”