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Overarching programmatic goals include:

  1. Understanding and quantifying the impacts and feedbacks of Earth System processes, particularly oceanographic mechanisms, on the global and regional spatial and temporal variability of ocean biology, including phytoplankton and organisms from other trophic levels;
  2. Understanding and quantifying the impacts and feedbacks of Earth System processes, particularly oceanographic mechanisms, on the global and regional spatial and temporal variability of ocean biogeochemistry, including carbon sources and sinks and the fate of other chemical species or components in the ocean;
  3. Exploring the development of new biological and biogeochemical observations beyond traditional ocean color (e.g., phytoplankton chlorophyll a) from space-based assets, as well as furthering the climate research enabled by existing time series of climate observations (Earth System Data Records); and
  4. Improving future climate predictions (impacts and feedbacks) by incorporating a dynamic understanding of ocean biology and biogeochemistry into global biogeochemical and ecological models to understand the ocean's role in the Earth System.