NASA Hyperspectral Aquatic Remote Sensing

Within the next decade, NASA will launch three new missions with imaging spectrometers for aquatic science and applications:  Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) in 2024, Geostationary Littoral Imaging Radiometer (GLIMR) in 2026, and Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) in 2028. Together these missions will evaluate long-term trends in phytoplankton biomass linked to climate change, and provide new spectral capabilities to assess aquatic biogeochemistry, biophysics, and habitats. Hyperspectral measurements of ocean color, paired with advanced retrieval algorithms, can provide new information on phytoplankton community composition and water quality. Dierssen serves as the Science and Applications Team Leader for PACE and is on the aquatic science team for SBG.

These missions are described in Dierssen et al. (2023)

A review of hyperspectral aquatic remote sensing is found in Dierssen et al. (2021).

News article. UConnToday2023