NASA will host a media event Wednesday, Nov. 4 showcasing the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study, or NAAMES project, a new study of the annual cycle of phytoplankton and the impact that small airborne particles emitted from the ocean have on the climate-sensitive North Atlantic.

The event takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EST at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Media will have an opportunity to learn about the NAAMES mission from the scientists and ships crew. Participants also will tour the research vessel (R/V) Atlantis operated by WHOI for a closer look at operations and science instruments.

NASA’s C-130H will fly eastward from St. John’s International Airport in St. John’s, Newfoundland to rendezvous with and overfly the floating laboratory-ship Atlantis during its approximately 26-day research cruise. By combining ship, airborne, computer modeling, sustained satellite and autonomous sensor data, scientists hope to improve their predictions of ecosystem and aerosol changes in a possible future warmer ocean.

Media interested in participating in the event should contact Stephanie Murphy, WHOI Public Information Office at 508-289-3340, or email at On the day of the event, media should meet at 86 Water St., Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

NAAMES is one of NASA’s second series of Earth Venture suborbital investigations, part of NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

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