Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
Breaking News
Going for Atmospheric GOLD
GOLD is designed to track big events in the...
Esri Partners Honored at Esri FedGIS Conference for Excellence in Location Intelligence
REDLANDS, Calif.—March 20, 2018—Esri, the global leader in spatial...
EOS Launched New Product
Menlo Park, CA — Earth Observing System (EOS), a...
Omron Microscan to Showcase Wide-Ranging Solutions Portfolio at the Vision Show
RENTON, WA, March 20, 2018 – The quest for...
2G Robotics Releases NOVA LED Panel at Oceanology International 2018
LONDON, UK – 2G Robotics, a global leader in...

Strong winds across Baja California blow dust over the Pacific Ocean, fertilizing the water with nutrients that promote phytoplankton blooms.

The natural-color images required to make this oblique view were acquired on Nov. 27, 2011, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The Ocean Color Team at NASA Goddard processes images like this to help assess the presence of sediment and plankton in the sea.

Dust storms interfere with that processing, as the sandy aerosols block much of the incoming sunlight and the outgoing, reflected light. Dust storms can disturb human activity on land, but once they blow out over the Gulf of California and Pacific Ocean, they help fertilize the waters with nutrients that promote phytoplankton blooms. In winter, the waters around Baja are often full of whales, as the largest creatures in the sea often eat the smallest plankton.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin put the storm to practical use. They are working to calibrate measurements on two instruments on the GOES weather satellites, and the dust storm provided a nice event for comparison.

Source: NASA

Comments are closed.