Satellite mission monitors ocean surface salinity
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2012
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 93, Issue 25, pages 233–234, 19 June 2012
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- Issue published online: 15 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2012
Understanding the links between ocean circulation, the global water cycle, and climate variations requires knowledge of ocean surface salinity. NASA's Aquarius satellite mission (http://aquarius.nasa.gov), which monitors the global open ocean surface salinity field, embarked on its science operations phase after completing the in-orbit performance assessment on 1 December 2011. The data (Figure 1) are already showing new and interesting information.