Welcome to the Ocean Ecology Research Web Site

Ocean Ecology 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 staff 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. Personnel also participate in research cruises in collaboration with other researchers funded by NASA and assist NASA Headquarters in developing future earth-observing missions.


Comparing level-2 and level-3 satellite ocean color retrieval validation methodologies

Comparison of multi-angle polarimeters in the PODEX field campaign

Ocean Ecology Research News

  • Cruising the Chesapeake for Water and Air Quality

    A NASA-led team of scientists took to the Chesapeake Bay this summer to study a diverse yet close-to-home ecosystem in a field campaign that will help the agency determine how to study ocean health and air quality in coastal regions from space.
  • Team Participation at Calibration Training

    two Ocean Ecology staff members participated in a NASA-sponsored summer course conducted at the University of Maine's Ira C. Darling Marine Center.


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General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Center Public Affairs office at 1.301.286.8955
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