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NASA's Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program focuses on describing, understanding, and predicting the biological, ecological, and biogeochemical regimes of the upper ocean, as determined by observation of aquatic optical properties using remote sensing data, including those from space, aircraft, and other suborbital platforms.
Overarching programmatic goals include:
2015 NASA Update presented at the Second International Ocean Color Science Meeting by Paula Bontempi
2014 State of the Program: NASA Ocean Biology & Biogeochemistry presented by Paula Bontempi and Kathy Tedesco >>
2013 State of the Program: NASA Ocean Biology & Biogeochemistry presented by Paula Bontempi >>
Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Focus Area
Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry research mainly supports the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystem Focus Area (http://nasascience.nasa.gov/earth-science/carbon-cycle-and-ecosystems). Each of the Earth Science Focus Areas portrays a strategy for a decade of progress through 2015, based on a suite of systematic observations, novel new Earth Science observations, and specific programmatic elements. NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program utilizes remotely sensed observations from land, ocean, and atmosphere, as well as field studies and campaigns, and interdisciplinary data assimilation and modeling efforts to better understand the ocean’s role in the Earth System and to predict future causes of change and feedbacks on ocean biology and biogeochemistry within the Earth System.
In support of the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Roadmap, scientific questions of interest to the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program include (but are not limited to):
Resources for NASA Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program