Satellite-derived ocean color data provide a key and until recently, unobtainable kind of information needed for a more accurate assessment of the role of the ocean in global change. In addition, this data set serves as a key parameter in a number of ecological and environmental studies and the color images of the Earth's changing ocean features are of significant use in fisheries management and coastal zone monitoring. There is no question that the Earth is changing. Ocean Color observations from space have enabled us for the first time to monitor the biological consequences of that change and to see how the things we do and how natural variability, affect the Earth's ability to support life as we know it.
Gene Carl Feldman has been an oceanographer at NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center since 1985 and will share his experiences and some of the lessons that he has learned during his years on, under and above the oceans.