Research Areas

There are two laboratories in Building 28, a calibration lab and an instrument support lab, both of which are co-located with the OBPG. The calibration lab (567 sq. ft.) consists of three areas, a section with three optical benches for optical measurements with black walls and drapes, a foyer or staging area with one optical bench, and a storage room. The instrument support lab (230 sq.

In July, two Ocean Ecology staff members participated in a NASA-sponsored summer course conducted at the University of Maine's Ira C. Darling Marine Center titled "Calibration and Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing". Jeremy Werdell (SSAI) was an instructor and Aimee Neeley (SSAI) was a student.

This laboratory consists of two rooms, the main laboratory which includes an interior room dedicated to the HPLC sample processing, and a separate room for the freezers.  Below is a mosaic of photographs showing the various instrumentation. 

An ocean biogeochemistry laboratory was constructed for Dr. A. Mannino in 2002 in GSFC. The focus of the research is to study the distributions, sources and sinks of dissolved (DOM) and particulate organic matter (POM) in the ocean to enhance our understanding of carbon cycling. A primary objective is to link the optical properties of DOM and POM (such as absorption, scattering and fluorescence) to carbon in the ocean to be able to examine the carbon cycle using ocean color satellite measurements.

The OEB maintains an on-site Field Laboratory for biological, biogeochemical, and interdisciplinary ocean research.  Through this laboratory, the OEB sustains a cooperative field program mandated with advancing state-of-the-art in- and above-water optical and biogeochemical measurements, which are critical for the calibration and validation of satellite radiometry and for refinement of ocean color algorithms, and working within a global network of partnerships where international expertise can be shared and distributed.