Satellites, A Big Eye in the Sky

Oceans: The Big Picture

Satellites in space can “see” very large areas. Since they stay in orbit around Earth, they can continuously gather data about the same place. This helps us understand our oceans in entirely different ways. Satellites can measure water temperature, which helps us understand seasonal changes and how temperature affects the life cycles of fish and marine mammals. They can also detect chlorophyll and identify areas in the ocean where there may be more, or less, food.

-- sponsored by the University of South Florida’s Institute for Marine Remote Sensing (ImaRS) Center for Ocean Technology and COSEE-Florida