In this 5-minute, 52-second video, scientists from NASA and University of Hawaii, in partnership the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, teamed up in February 2017 to study the health of coral reefs located around the Hawaiian Islands for the Hyperspectral InfraRed Imager (HyspIRI) airborne preparatory mission. Research divers and an autonomous kayak monitored coral color signatures from the ocean floor and surface, while NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 collected images of the same areas from a height of 70,000 ft. The data from these sources are being combined to better understand how coral reef ecosystems are responding to stressful conditions like warming ocean temperatures and water acidification. Data from this mission will potentially help develop a NASA satellite to study natural hazards and ecosystems all over the world.
The ER-2 aircraft is operated by NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and based at Hangar 703 in Palmdale, CA.
Learn more about the HyspIRI airborne mission here: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6793