GLIMR: A hyperspectral geostationary sensor for measurement of dynamic coastal ecosystem and carbon cycle processes

Lead PI: Dr. Joaquim I Goes , Helga do Rosario Gomes , Professor Maria Tzortziou

Unit Affiliation: Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

May 2021 - January 2027
Atlantic Ocean
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The Geostationary Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR), a hyperspectral ocean color sensor targets the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal and ocean waters of North and South America. With its vantage point from geostationary orbit, GLIMR will be the first hyperspectral ocean color sensor in the Western Hemisphere to study ocean processes at the diurnal timescales required to observe the dynamic ecological, biogeochemical and physical processes typical of coastal and ocean waters.
GLIMR is uniquely designed to capture the spatio-temporal evolution of phytoplankton blooms, which grow and dissipate on scales of hours to days, monitor phytoplankton physiology, growth rates and shifts in community composition, resolve coastal features, fronts, eddies and upwelling features, and monitor biogeochemical fluxes and land-ocean exchanges at sub-diurnal to multi-day scales.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Joseph Salisbury, UNH, Antonio Mannino NASA-GSFC, Steve Ackleson, NRL, David Antoine, Curtin University,Chuanmin Hu, USF, Steven Lohrenz, UMASSD and others


satellite remote sensing biogeochemical cycling bio-optical model primary producers


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