OverviewPACE will make climate-quality global measurements that are essential for understanding ocean biology, biogeochemistry, ecology, aerosols, and cloud properties. Its data will be used to determine the role of the ocean and atmosphere in global biogeochemical cycling, ocean ecology, and how perturbations to Earth's energy balance affect – and are affected by – climate change.
With advanced global remote sensing capabilities PACE is expected to:
- Provide high-quality observations that will contribute substantially to basic research and applications
- Extend the current time series of climate-relevant data to enable detection of long-term trends
PACE Science TeamsIn 2011, NASA selected the PACE Science Definition Team (SDT). Composed of ocean, aerosol, and cloud scientists, the SDT was charged with defining the science content of the mission and working closely with the engineering team to define a mission concept that optimizes science, cost, and risk.
The PACE Science Team includes investigators who were selected through the 2013 NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) process. The team was charged with collaboratively addressing inversion for Inherent Optical Properties (IOPs) and atmospheric characterization, including atmospheric correction.
PACE Science Team Accomplishments and Consensus Documents
- A Novel Approach to a Satellite Mission's Science Team (EOS Earth & Space Science News, 2018)
- An Overview of Approaches and Challenges for Retrieving Marine Inherent Optical Properties from Ocean Color Remote Sensing (Progress in Oceanography, 2018) PDF (1.1 MB)
- From the Satellite to the Earth's Surface's Studies Relevant to NASA's PACE Mission (Frontiers Research Topics, 2018)
- Polarimetry in the PACE Mission PDF (2.1 MB)
- PACE Shortwave Infrared Bands Consensus Document PDF (601 KB)
- PACE Inherent Optical Properties - Gaps Matrix PDF (50 KB)