NOAA satellite to help manage fisheries

NOAA JPSS-1 JPSS-1 carries the VIIRS sensor, which can detect shades of blues and greens that illustrate the distribution and abundance of chlorophyll and phytoplankton
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A satellite system that transmits data on ocean temperature, colour and ecosystems will be used in the management of fisheries.

Developed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and launched in partnership with NASA, the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) will be used by NOAA Fisheries to track changes in ocean colour and spikes in ocean temperature--important clues in understanding where marine animals live, spawn, and feed.

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.

As our oceans have become warmer, some fish are moving northward or deeper to stay in cooler waters--particularly in high-latitude regions like Alaska and New England, said NOAA Fisheries. Understanding sea surface temperature trends is key to helping fishery managers better plan for the future, it added.

Scientists will also be able to tap into data streams from JPSS-1 to understand the environmental conditions where tagged species live and travel. Understanding population patterns helps scientists and managers develop conservation measures to ensure the long-term protection of marine species.

JPSS-1 is the first in a series of four advanced polar-orbiting satellites called the Joint Polar Satellite System.

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