Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
Breaking News
Intermap Technologies Meets Standards to Trade on the OTCQX® Best Market
Begins trading today, creating more liquidity, transparency and opportunity...
OGC Membership approves and publishes minor update to GeoPackage
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership has approved and...
GAF Has Been Awarded A Multi-Year Contract By the German Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt
Munich -GAF AG has won the first European call...
Ibeo Automotive Systems Tests LiDAR Systems for Autonomous Driving in Berlin and Beijing
Hamburg – The LiDAR sensor specialist from Hamburg Ibeo...
Airbus Imagery Supports IBM Efforts to Provide Vegetation Insights for Grid Reliability
Airbus now provides very high-resolution satellite imagery to The...

The background in this image is a composite showing light reflectance off the ocean surface between Feb. 10 and March 13, 2014, as measured by NASA’s Aqua satellite. Areas with more particles suspended in the water are represented with orange, yellow and green. Blue areas have fewer particles.

Satellite sensors start collecting data soon after launch, but it takes time—and work on the ground—to ensure those observations are accurate and meaningful.

One of the best ways to do this is to send scientists into the field. In the case of a team of oceanographers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, “the field” is the South Pacific and Southern Ocean, where they’re making detailed observations of the water at the same time satellites pass overhead.

Now the researchers are in the midst of a 45-day journey southeast from Hobart, Tasmania, to the waters off Antarctica, and then northeast to Papeete, Tahiti. They are onboard the National Science Foundation ship Nathaniel B. Palmer, a 308-foot icebreaker that can accommodate 37 scientists and 22 crew members.

Each circle on the accompanying image represents a location where the team plans to lower a sensor package into the water to collect data on temperature, salinity, depth, and how much light the particles in the water absorb and scatter. When weather permits, the team also will deploy a radiometer, which measures light entering and exiting the water column.

Image courtesy of NASA.

Read the full story.

Comments are closed.