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.

Explore our information page to learn more.

EXPORTS Projects

Social Media & Outreach

Ocean Optics Summer Class 2019

now accepting applications

An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography at the University of Maine’s Ira C. Darling Marine Center in summer 2019.

25 February 2019

Photos on Flickr