5-Year Expedition to Study Phytoplankton

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Cape Cod Times: The first expedition in a 5-year mission that will examine the secrets of a phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic Ocean from the air, sea and outer space set sail this morning from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution dock.

The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study, or NAAMES, will investigate the biology behind one of the largest such plankton blooms on Earth. The study is part of NASA’s Earth Venture Suborbital Mission program, which looks for quick turnaround projects that address Earth science research, and will use its satellite data and airborne observations to complement work done on the Atlantis, one of WHOI’s research vessels.

Read more about the expedition to examine a key phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic.