NASA satellites measure plankton with space laser

NASA has released findings from a NASA satellite instrument, which is orbiting Earth, that indicate small, environmental changes in polar food webs influence the peak and decline, cycles of phytoplankton, the company said.

NASA reported its cloud-aerosol lidar with orthogonal polarization, an instrument aboard the cloud-aerosol lidar and infrared pathfinder satellite observation satellite launched in 2006, uses a laser to take measurements of polar plankton.

The space administration said these findings will supply data for ecosystem management, commercial fisheries and an understanding of the interactions between Earth´s climate and key ocean ecosystems.

NASA´s work in Earth science uses NASA data to tackle questions about how our planet is changing now and how Earth could change in the future.