|An artist's rendering of the Aqua satellite
orbiting Earth (courtesy of NASA)
As part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS), the Terra and Aqua satellites orbit Earth collecting information on characteristics such as sea ice cover, phytoplankton abundance, and water temperature. This information helps to give scientists a global view of climate and environmental change. Launched in 1999 and 2002 respectively, Terra and Aqua include MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) among their arsenal of instruments, a key tool in understanding oceanographic processes.
Maryland Sea Grant
Satellite Remote Sensing with SeaWiFS to Detect Seasonal and Interannual Variability in Phytoplankton Abundance in the Chesapeake Bay and Adjacent Coastal Waters (R/P-37). Lawrence W. Harding, Jr. and Wayne Esaias (1994-1997)
Johns Hopkins University
Ocean Remote Sensing: Chesapeake Bay Region