Hydrological Sciences Branch, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
Data Center Description
The Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes (Code 970) of the Earth Sciences Directorate (ESD) at Goddard Space Flight Center is responsible for a broad range of programs dealing with theoretical and experimental research in the oceanic, cryospheric, and hydrologic sciences. The structure of the Laboratory is unique in that it consists of two science branches, two technical branches, and a flight project. The Oceans and Ice Branch conducts basic research on the global oceans and the global land ice and sea ice covers, while the Hydrological Sciences Branch focuses on understanding, quantifying, and analyzing different components of the hydrological cycle. Technical expertise in support of the Laboratory and the Directorate comes from the Observational Science Branch at Wallops Island, Virginia, and the Microwave Sensors Branch at Greenbelt. These two Branches conduct a broad range of research using optical, microwave, and laser sensors for oceanic, terrestrial, and atmospheric research. Unique to the Laboratory is the management of the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) Project, whose objective is to develop and operate a system for gathering, processing, archiving, and distributing data received from the SeaWiFS ocean color sensor.