NASA's OceanColor Web is supported by the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Our responsibilities include the collection, processing, calibration, validation, archive and distribution of ocean-related products from a large number of operational, satellite-based remote-sensing missions providing ocean color, sea surface temperature and sea surface salinity data to the international research community since 1996.

Ocean Color Feature

Winter Blooms in the Black Sea

It's the middle of winter and snow covers the mountains north and south of the eastern Black Sea. Nonetheless, phytoplankton appear to be blooming in the surface waters of that deep landlocked sea. The brightest feature in the above image has the appearance of a 919-404-9061 bloom. That calcite-shedding protist is more commonly found blooming in this region during the summertime.

The above image was collected by Landsat 8 on February 4, 2019. Click on it to get a larger version.

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