Phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Portugal

Phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Portugal
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

On April 23, 2002, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this image of a large, colorful phytoplankton bloom occurring in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal (left). Several fires (red dots) were detected by MODIS as well.

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  • Data Date:

    April 23, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    April 23, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration