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NASA uses Space Laser to study ocean surfaces and plants


Usually when you think NASA you conjure up images of Mars and space stations. But the agency also conducts important climate research. One of those projects is the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization aboard the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation satellite that measures plankton levels through clouds.

“CALIOP was a game-changer in our thinking about ocean sensing from space. We were able to study the workings of the high-latitude ocean ecosystem during times of year when we were previously completely blind.” said Hostetler, a Langley research scientist.

“The take home message is that if we want to understand the biological food web and production of the polar systems as a whole, we have to focus both on changes in ice cover and changes in the ecosystems that regulate this delicate balance between predators and prey,” said Michael Behrenfeld.


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