PACE will help us better understand our ocean and atmosphere by measuring key variables associated with cloud formation, particles and pollutants in the air, and microscopic, floating marine life (phytoplankton). These observations will help us better monitor ocean health, air quality, and climate change.
Launching in February 2024, NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, called PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem), will help us better understand how climate change is affecting blooms of ocean phytoplankton. PACE will also help decipher how particles in the air (like dust and smoke) can influence cloud formation and the warming and cooling of the planet.
During the spring and summer in the Barents Sea, north of Norway and Russia, blue and green blooms of phytoplankton are often visible. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on July 15, 2021.
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PACE Mission Videos
Ocean Color Countdown with PACE
We explore just five different ocean colors around the globe and find out what those colors tell us.