[27-Aug-19] The concentration of dissolved salt in our ocean is known as salinity. Since 2011, data from NASA satellites have unveiled changing salinity patterns. But to get a simple measurement like salinity, you need to untangle a lot of complicated signals.
[22-Mar-17] Scientists have historically sampled the ocean's chemistry by collecting water on exhaustive field campaigns. More recently, autonomous technologies such as gliders and floats have come on-line, providing greater coverage. Now, oceanographers and climatologists have one more tool to add to their quiver: satellites.
[30-Dec-16] This is the product specification document for the Level 2B (L2B) passive Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) and Wind Speed (WSPD) product for the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) project.
[13-Sep-16] SMAP sea surface salinity (SSS) V2.0 validated release data from Remote Sensing Systems
. The near-polar orbit of SMAP allows for complete global coverage of the oceans in 3 days with a repeat cycle of 8 days. The RSS SMAP SSS V2.0 validated release contains 3 products: Level 2, Level 3 8-day running averages, and Level 3 monthly averages. All files are in netCDF4 format and are CF compliant.
[24-Dec-15] Aquarius is a combined active/passive microwave (L-band) instrument designed to map the salinity of global oceans from space. The specific goal of Aquarius is to monitor the seasonal and interannual variation of the large scale features of the sea surface salinity (SSS) field of the open ocean (i.e. away from land).
[22-Dec-15] This memo presents a method for formally assessing random and systematic uncertainties in the Aquarius salinity retrievals.
[31-Dec-13] The SMAP Handbook was produced in 2013 as a compendium of information on the project near its time of launch. The SMAP Science Definition Team and Project personnel wrote this volume together to provide the community with the essential information on programmatic, technological, and scientific aspects of the mission.
[18-Feb-13] This report documents the Aquarius sea surface salinity measurement error statistics and some residual errors in the V2.0 data release. We also document the effect that changes in the science data processing since V1.3 have on the error statistics by comparing V1.3 with V2.0 results.
[01-July-12] Aquarius/SAC-D Mission feature article from NASA's The Earth Observer
[17-Aug-11] This diagram shows the satellite's roll, pitch and yaw angles during deployment. Click here
for more information.
[16-Aug-11] This diagram shows the satellite's roll angle change about 0.5 degree during deployment. Click here
for more information.
[10-Jun-11] NASA announces the launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory.
[07-Jun-11] A description of the Delta II launch vehicle for the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite launch.
[03-Jun-11] An introduction to the Aquarius instrument and how salinity is measured.
[17-May-11] Science Writers' Guide released by NASA prior to the launch of Aquarius.
[30-Mar-11] This one-page lithograph summarizes the Aquarius/SAC-D mission and why the concentration of salt in the ocean is a key variable for understanding global ocean circulation.
[30-Mar-11] A summary of the launch vehicle and details of the deployment of the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite.
[30-Mar-11] The official mission brochure for the Aquarius/SAC-D Mission.
[28-Mar-11] CONAE kicks off the launch campaign with information on the Aquarius/SAC-D mission for the press.
[01-Jan-11] Yi Chao, Aquarius Project Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes the new Aquarius mission to Chris Howell in Ocean Bights
[19-Dec-10] Written three years before the launch of Aquarius in June 2011, this overview by Dr. Raymond Schmitt summarizes the impacts of climate change on the water cycle and ocean salinity.
[01-July-10] Aquarius/SAC-D Mission feature article from NASA's The Earth Observer
[20-May-10] INSPIRE education specialist Jim Gerard from Kennedy Space Center chats with Yi Chao, Aquarius Project Specialist about the Aquarius satellite mission.
[24-Feb-10] Presentation from Aquarius PI Gary Lagerloef's plenary talk at the 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
[22-Feb-10] In this article, written many years before the launch of Aquarius, the authors report that a new satellite program will provide data to reveal how the ocean responds to the combined effects of evaporation, precipitation, ice melt, and river runoff on seasonal and interannual time scales.
[22-Feb-10] The CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability) Working Group, an international research effort focusing on the variability and predictability of the slowly varying components of the climate system, provides recommendations to improve our understanding, monitoring, modeling and predicting of climate.
[19-Feb-10] Researchers Igor Yashayev and Allyn Clarke discuss the evolution and interplay of water masses in the subpolar North Atlantic, an important region in terms of deep-ocean circulation
[19-Feb-10] In this 1996 overview article, Dr. Raymond Schmitt (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) summarizes fresh water's effect on ocean phenomena.
[01-July-08] Aquarius/SAC-D Mission feature article from NASA's The Earth Observer
[01-Jan-08] After a four-year development effort, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has delivered the Aquarius Radiometer to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California for integration with the Aquarius instrument.
[11-Jan-06] The mission overview fold-out covering NASA's priorities through the scientific return.