PACE -- Skies, Oceans, Life

  • Released Thursday, May 31st, 2018
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:46PM

PACE stands for "Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem".

PACE's advanced technologies will provide unprecedented insight into Earth's ocean and atmosphere, which impact our everyday lives by regulating climate and making our planet habitable. Our oceans teem with life, supporting many of Earth's economies. New discoveries in Earth's living ocean will be revealed with PACE's global observations, such as the diversity of organisms fueling marine food webs and how ecosystems respond to environmental change. PACE will observe our atmosphere to study clouds along with the tiny airborne particles known as aerosols. Looking at the ocean, clouds, and aerosols together will improve our knowledge of the roles each plays in our changing planet.

PACE's data will reveal interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, including how they exchange carbon dioxide and how atmospheric aerosols might fuel phytoplankton growth in the surface ocean. Novel uses of PACE data – from identifying the extent and duration of harmful algal blooms to improving our understanding of air quality – will result in direct economic and societal benefits. By extending and expanding NASA's long record of satellite observations of our living planet, we will take Earth's pulse in new ways for decades to come.

The videos presented here show four specific themes that the mission will study. There are two versions of each video, one with the PACE logo and mission name in the narration, one that's simply branded with the NASA "meatball" logo and a larger "earth science" message in the narration.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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