The Aquarius Satellite and SPURS

Fred Bingham

University of North Carolina

Dr. Bingham received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in Oceanography. His research interests include global distributions of sea surface salinity and large scale regional physical oceanography in the Kuroshio, the western North and Equatorial Pacific, and Onslow Bay, North Carolina.

Webinar Clip
One objective of SPURS (Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study) is to analyze salinity variations in a specific area of the mid-Atlantic Ocean at different scales. These variations are happening on a variety of spatial scales and the instrumentation used at-sea can detect salinity within a range of 50-100 kilometers. The Aquarius satellite, launched in 2011, is measuring ocean surface salinity at a "basin" scale, meaning a range of thousands of kilometers. In this clip, Dr. Fred Bingham talks how using both satellites and in-situ equipment is creating a more accurate picture of processes occurring in the salty Atlantic.

Full webinar: Follow that Salt! Results and the Future of Salinity Exploration

Click here for a transcript of this clip (PDF, 35.6 KB).

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