Ocean color from space:
What a long, strange trip its been
Gene Carl Feldman, Ph.D.
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Friday, January 16, 1998
12:00 noonMBARI Pacific Forum
For the first time, routine ocean color observations of the worlds oceans are
being made by NASAs recently launched SeaWiFS mission. While much is known about the
physical processes that affect the oceans, little is known about the biological
consequences of those processes.
Launched in August 1997, and with regular observations beginning on September 18, 1997,
the first months of SeaWiFS data have provided dramatic new views of not only the ocean's
biology, but of the patterns of vegetation on land as well. Combining these two
measurements allows us, for the very first time, to monitor the Global Biospherethe
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