Learn about the application of remote sensing of NASA, such as the ELAS.
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Learn About NASA's ELAS For years, researches have been using aircraft and satellites to produce information rich views of our planet. It’s called Remote Sensing. And although the Science is not new, its applications continue to grow. Image processing software called ELAS is now being used to manage and conserve fish populations in the Gulf of Mexico. These maps of sea surface temperatures allow researches at the National Marine Fisheries Service to predict where certain species of fish should be on a given day. This capability is a much needed tool for Scientists working aboard vessels like the chapman. Fishing is a major industry here and any information collected during this research missions is used to set critical catch limits. The temperature maps accessible with a standard personal computer on the ship make it easier to locate in the sample fish being studied, reducing search times saves many hours and fuel and being able to gather data faster makes setting cash limits more precise. When changes in surface temperatures are too subtle to be mapped, a specially equipped NASA—jet is used to measure concentrations of chlorophyl in coastal waters. The same boundaries between water types used to locate fish can be found in these displays as well. With the help of businessmen like Mike Fernet, the technology is now being moved into the market place as with all—owners, Fernet’s livelihood depends upon finding fish for his customers. Reducing search times would also save logic commercial fishing operations, thousands of dollars and fuel costs. Savings which could in turn be passed on to consumers. Most importantly, there are no dangers about fishing. The livelihood of the fisherman depends on sustaining their fishery in the long term and they know it. Locating fish from above using NASA’s software to manage an important natural resource.