NASA Uses Space Laser to Study Ocean Plants

By Arnab Banerjee Dec 26, 2016 10:08 AM EST
NASA Uses Space Laser to Study Polar Ocean Plants
NASAs has brought a new project which will do research on the ecological system of the polar oceans. Previously introduced "CALIOP" system has made the research significantly easy. But the newly introduced system will make the things a lot easier.

When you think about NASA, the first thing that comes to your mind are the space stations, Mars, and other astronomical things. But NASA has come with a new kind of idea and in this project, they will work on polar ocean plants. Though it is not the first time, NASA is working on an atmospheric project. Previously NASA has worked on two researches called "CALIPSO" and "CALIOP" and both of these implementations was based on the atmosphere of the Earth.

When NASA had previous systems, they could only measure the level of planktons in the sea with the help of satellites. The system is generally based on the reflection of the sunlight which is incident on the ocean. But the improved lidar based system does not rely on the outer lights to check the level of plants in the sea. In fact, it can check the amount of vegetation in the sea both in the daytime and the night time with the same efficiency.

But if you want to talk about the real game changer in this field then you really have to consider the "CALIOP" as one of them. The system was introduced back in 2006 by NASA in order to study the ecosystem of the high latitude oceans. If this system was not introduced then most of the scientists would have no idea about the ecosystem of high -latitude seas.

As soon as the "CALIOP" system was introduced, it was a new source of light to the scientists. Especially to the people who were researching on the biological system of the polar seas. But with the help of this technology, many scientists and experts believe that there is more that we will get to know about the ecological system of the polar seas as the new approach of NASA can bring a new ray of hope to the scientists.