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SeaWiFS Views The Galapagos: Islands in the Stream

Gene Feldman/NASA GSFC, Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes,

SeaWiFS Project Office ([email protected])

Over the course of less than two weeks, SeaWiFS captured the development of a large plume of plankton-rich water straddling the equator and extending several hundred kilometers downstream from the island of Isabela in the Galapagos Archipelago.

The large phytoplankton bloom to the west of Isabela Island is a consistent feature, constantly changing in size and shape, which sustains an ecosystem like none other. Nowhere else in the world will corals, hammerhead sharks, flightless cormorants, penguins and fur seals be found on the same sub-tidal reef! Cold water from the sub-marine Cromwell current deflects against the Galapagos Platform bringing trace elements, such as iron, into the sunlit coastal waters. This seems to trigger these huge events. To the east, wind-driven upwelling along the equator also encourages production.

Such high primary production also provides for local semi-intensive sea-cucumber, fin-fish, and rock lobster fisheries. The future of the Galapagos Marine Reserve depends on the sustainable management of these resources and improved understanding of the natural environment. In an area also renowned for the devastating impact of large El Niño events, such human impacts might tip the sensitive balance between extinction and survival. The marine scientists of the Charles Darwin Research Station continue using SeaWiFS data as a valuable tool to assess the part such productivity plays in maintaining the unique biodiversity and endemism in the marine reserve.

For more information about the Galapagos and the ongoing work of the CDF please visit <>.

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SeaWiFS Views

The Galapagos: Islands in the Stream

High resolution global modeling with the land information system http lis gsfc nasa gov l.jpg
High Resolution Global Modelingwith the Land Information System

Christa Peters-Lidard, Paul Houser/974 ([email protected])

Sujay Kumar, Yudong Tian/974/GEST

Jim Geiger, Susan Olden, Luther Lighty/580

Objective:A high performance, high resolution (1 km) global land modeling and assimilation system.

Applications:Weather and climate model initialization and retrospective coupled modeling, Flood and water resources forecasting, Precision agriculture, Mobility assessment, etc.

1km MODIS LAI data

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Key LIS Milestones


  • Aug. 2002: Install LIS Cluster at GSFC

    • 200 nodes, 112 GB total memory, 22 TB total disk

  • Mar. 2003: First code improvement

    • Implement global LIS at 5 km resolution


  • Feb. 2004: Second code improvement

    • Implement global LIS at 1 km resolution

  • Jul. 2004: Interoperability demonstration

    • Implement ESMF-compliant version of CLM in Global LIS

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LIS Performance and ScalingSimulation: one day, 15 minute time step

a. Performance improvement on single CPU at ¼o resolution

b. Scaling curves for NOAH & CLM at 5km resolution on O3K

  • solid lines depict LIS results on SGI O3K at NASA/ARC

  • hatched lines depict LIS goal of P/2 scaling

11.5 hr

Time (seconds)

< 2 hr

Number of Processors, P

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LIS ResultsLatent Heat Fluxes

a. ¼o resolution

b. 5km resolution

5 km resolution improvements over ¼o resolution

  • Coastline better resolved

    • - Important for Coastal Applications

  • Large step discontinuity due to DC urban area now smoother, more realistic

    • - Important for Mesoscale/Urban Applications

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Status of Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) DevelopmentJames Shiue/NASA GSFC, Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes, Microwave Sensors Branch ([email protected])

  • Kickoff in January 2001 –Contractor: (Aerojet) now—Northrop Grumman

  • System CDR held in May of 2002

  • Additional ΔCDRs on MMIC RF front-end electronics (subcontractor: BAE):

    (a) K and Ka bands—March, 2003

    (b) V & W bands—May, 2003

    * NEΔT, calibration, etc., to meet requirements

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500.00 Development

CH. 22


CH. 20

CH. 3-15

CH. 18




CH. 1

Zenith Opacity (dB)


CH. 17



CH. 16

CH. 2











Frequency (GHz)


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Channel Parameters Development

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Channel Parameters (Cont.) Development

QV, QH : quasi-vertical, quasi-horizontal polarizations

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Footprints (km) Development

Chan Dx Dy

1, 2 323.1 141.8

3-16 136.7 60.0

17-22 68.4 30.0

Footprints (km)

Chan Dx

1, 2 74.8 5.2o

3-16 31.6 2.2o

17-22 15.8 1.1o

Beam width

Scanning Characteristics

  • Cross-track (for CrIS coincidence)

  • Contiguous 1.1° cells

  • Contiguous coverage at equator

(824 Km orbit, NPP)


17.6 km

Scan spacing

16.0 km

Sample interval

Swath = 2503 km

Subsatellite track

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AMSU-(A1+A2) +MHS: Development

P~200 W, M~160 kg, Vol >1 m3

The ATMS Challenge



  • ATMS

  • 70 x 40 x 60 cm

  • 98 W (now ~155 w, including conting.)

  • 78 kg

  • 7 year life


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ATMS Instrument Development

Nadir (z)

Anti-sun (y)

Velocity (x)