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SeaWiFS data are being used to help clarify the magnitude and variability of chlorophyll and primary production by marine phytoplankton, and to determine the distribution and timing of spring blooms. The scientific and technical experience gained in the SeaWiFS mission have been valuable preparation for the design and application of the Earth Observing System's MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments, as well as future sensors such as the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Visible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).

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Operators GeoEye
Date of Launch OrbView-2: 1 August 1997
Mission Status Out of service
Orbit Height 705 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous polar circular
Repeat Cycle 16 days
Resolution 1 km
Swath Width 2800 km (continuous imaging)
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM SeaWiFS (Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor)

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