What is EXPORTS?

EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) is a large-scale NASA-led field campaign that will provide critical information for quantifying the export and fate of upper ocean net primary production (NPP) using satellite observations and state of the art ocean technologies.


The Oceanic Carbon Cycle
Using State of the Art Technology
EXPORTS scientists will strive to understand how the carbon makes it to the twilight zone and deep ocean interior, and how long it stays there, which is vital to understanding present and future ocean ecosystems and global climate.

Learn more about the scientific of EXPORTS on our About page.




Learn more about the science of EXPORTS


This short video made by EXPORTS own Colleen Durkin illustrates the biological pump. In its simplest form, the biological pump is the mechanism that sequesters carbon from the atmosphere to deep sea water and sediment. It is the part of the oceanic carbon cycle responsible for the cycling of organic matter formed mainly by phytoplankton during photosynthesis, as well as the cycling of calcium carbonate formed into shells by certain organisms such as plankton and mollusks.


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EXPORTS Projects

On Board The Sally Ride

VOS6-4 Promo - EXPORTS: On Board The Sally Ride


We're in Seattle talking to scientists as they prepare to depart on the first leg of the EXPORTS research cruise to the northeastern Pacific ocean. EXPORTS is a revolutionary scientific undertaking by NASA and the National Science Foundation to understand the carbon cycle and the fate of carbon in the deep ocean in order to predict future climate conditions. Planning for the expedition has been going on for over a decade to coordinate 100s of scientists, satellites, remote underwater vehicles, and two research vessels. We talk to researchers about tracing carbon and the use of color and light in understanding the flow of carbon through the marine food web. We also learn a bit about what it’s like to spend a month at sea—living aboard the Sally Ride.
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