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AQUARIUS: A Passive/Active Microwave Sensor to Monitor Sea Surface Salinity Globally from SpaceSalinity is important for understanding ocean dynamics, energy exchange with the atmosphere and the global water cycle. Existing data is limited and much of the ocean has never even been sampled. Sea surface salinity can be measured remotely by satellite and a three year mission for this purpose called AquariudSAC-D has recently been selected by NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) program. The objective is to map the salinity field globally with a spatial resolution of 100 km and a monthly average accuracy of 0.2 psu. The mission, scheduled for launch in 2008, is a partnership of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and the Argentine Comision National de Actividades Epaciales (CONAE).
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
LeVine, David
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Lagerloef, Gary S. E.
(Earth and Space Research Seattle, WA, United States)
Colomb, F. Raul
(National Commission of Space Activities Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Chao, Yi
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Meeting Information
International Society for Optical Engineering(Honolulu, HI)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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