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Earth Expeditions Blog: Roaming the Depths -- The Role of Autonomous Assets in the EXPORTS Campaign

06.29.2021
Satellites have undoubtedly opened up new ways for scientists to study the ocean, giving us global coverage of the surface of the ocean without ever having to step foot on a ship. But how can we learn what lies beneath the surface?

Earth Expeditions Blog: Imaging the Ocean

06.22.2021
I started my PhD in October at IMEV in Villefranche-sur-mer, France, on the impact of zooplankton on the biological carbon pump through an in-situ imaging approach. It’s in this context that I had the privilege to join this impressive EXPORTS campaign onboard the Sarmiento de Gamboa research vessel.

Earth Expeditions Blog: Making Plankton into Art

06.14.2021
After flying to the United Kingdom, the EXPORTS scientists were in quarantine for two weeks prior to embarking on a month-long research cruise. While there was still some last-minute work to be done before departure, for most of us this meant there would be no shortage of free time spent alone in our hotel rooms.
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Overview

The Ocean Ecology Laboratory conducts research on ocean ecosystems and the interactions between Earth's chemical cycles and life. The Laboratory also manages "ocean color" data from NASA satellite sensors. Sediment, dissolved chemicals, and marine microorganisms called phytoplankton affect the colors of sunlight reflected off the ocean, providing a way to monitor ocean ecosystems from orbit.

The Laboratory works to ensure the accuracy of ocean-color data and make it available to users across the world. Scientists use the data to study fundamental issues such as the global distribution of phytoplankton, the storage of carbon in the ocean, and the role of the oceans in climate change. Laboratory personnel also participate in research cruises in collaboration with other researchers funded by NASA and assist NASA Headquarters in developing future earth-observing missions.

For further information, data, research, and other resources, see Ocean Ecology Research.

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Carlos Del Castillo
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carlos.e.delcastillo@nasa.gov

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