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NASA has launched the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem mission (PACE) to study the mysteries of aerosols and phytoplankton. This mission aims to provide scientists with unprecedented views of these influential factors to help understand climate dynamics and predict the impact of warming on Earth.
"The warming atmosphere and warming oceans have a cost, and that cost from a biological point of view is that the base of the food chain will unequivocally change," says Jeremy Werdell of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Phytoplankton, the microscopic marine organisms that form the foundation of the food web and sequester carbon, are crucial for maintaining Earth's climate. PACE will use its sensitive instrument to observe phytoplankton in high resolution, providing insights into their behavior and impact on the environment.
"Phytoplankton are basically moving carbon around, and we need to understand how that changes with time," says Jeremy Werdell of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.