NOAA satellite to help manage fisheriesStaff Writer | December 6, 2017
A satellite system that transmits data on ocean temperature, colour and ecosystems will be used in the management of fisheries.
Fish Joint Polar Satellite System
JPSS-1 carries the VIIRS sensor, which can detect shades of blues and greens that illustrate the distribution and abundance of chlorophyll and phytoplankton, as well as browns and reds that can indicate outbreaks of algae or spilled oil.
Using the VIIRS instrument, JPSS-1 can make precise oceanographic measurements to measure chlorophyll.
In turn, the measurements help scientists understand ‘hotspots’ of where many species live and make predictions about the future productivity of valuable fisheries.
Microwave and infrared radiometers on the spacecraft collect data that, when combined with data from buoys and NOAA vessels, provide reliable readings of water temperature. ■