Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole MA 02543
EXPORTS is a NASA large-scale field campaign that will provide critical information for quantifying the export and fate of upper ocean net primary production (NPP) from satellite observations. The goal of the EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) Science Plan is to develop a predictive understanding of the export and fate of global ocean net primary production (NPP) and its implications for present and future climates. The achievement of this goal requires a quantification of the mechanisms that control the export of carbon from the euphotic zone as well as its fate in the underlying “twilight zone” where some fraction of exported carbon will be sequestered in the ocean’s interior on time scales of months to millennia. In 2017, NASA selected 12 proposals to conduct the research and answer the EXPORTS science questions. Following, NSF selected 3 more proposals to join the campaign and study the functioning of the biological carbon pump.