How Do We Define Salinity?

Tom Farrar

Associate Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Farrar received his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. His research interests include air-sea interaction and exchange; dynamics and thermodynamics of the upper ocean; tropical dynamics and equatorial waves; oceanic internal waves and eddies; satellite oceanography; and ocean observing and instrumentation.

Webinar Clip
In this short clip, Dr. Farrar explains what scientists mean when they talk about ocean salinity. In defining salinity, we learn why scientists have recently conducted a massive research project in the North Atlantic, called Salinity Processes in the Upper ocean Regional Study (SPURS). With these new data, and with the help of NASA's Aquarius satellite mission, we are able to more closely observe salinity variations in this salty patch of ocean water.

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