Beyond Blue: Why Ocean Color Really Matters[18-Sep-2020] Phytoplankton are tiny plants and algae that live in the upper sunlit layer of almost all water bodies on Earth. Powered by the sun's energy, they come in many shapes and sizes. They serve as the base of the marine food web, and produce oxygen vital to life. Studying this incredibly diverse group is key to understanding the health - and future - of our ocean and life on earth. PACE's advanced ocean color technology is designed to help to distinguish "who's who" in terms of phytoplankton communities.
Dr. Jeremy Werdell
PACE Project Scientist
Goddard Space Flight Center
In these excerpts from Beyond Blue: Why Ocean Color Really Matters, Project Scientist Dr. Jeremy Werdell touches on phytoplankton, red tides, and the relationships between plankton, climate, and the carbon cycle.