Presentations from Ocean Salinity Science Workshop

Presentations from the SMOS+SOS Ocean Salinity Science and Salinity Remote Sensing Workshop ( held at the Met Office, 26-28 November 2014 can be found below. The full workshop programme is available from the Workshop website at and abstracts can be found at

Day 1: Wednesday 26th November

Session 1: Sea surface salinity monitoring: past, present and future (Chair: Susanne Mecklenburg)

Ocean Salinity overall context: the in-situ perspective (Invited speaker: G. Reverdin)

Ocean Salinity overall context: the satellite perspective  (SMOS and Aquarius)  (Invited speakers: N. Reul and T. Lee)

Overall purpose of the SMOS+ SOS final workshop (E. Ash)

Session 2: Complementarities between in situ and satellite SSS observing systems (Chair: Christine Gommenginger)

SMOS provides SSS measurements complimentary to in situ network (Invited speaker: J. Boutin)

In-situ Observations of Surface Salinity (SSS): Reference Datasets, Cross Validation and Complementarity with Satellite Measurements (F. Gaillard)

Changes in the Seasonal Cycle of Sea Surface Salinity During the Argo-era (2004-2013) (J. Reagan)

Meridional variability of SSS in the North Atlantic Ocean From Satellite and In-Situ Data (J. Ballabrera)

Session 3: Satellite salinity observing systems: current performances and issues (L2-L4) (Chairs: Roberto Sabia and Eleni Tzortzi)

ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity Mission - Mission Status and Performance (S. Mecklenburg)

Status of Aquarius Salinity Retrievals and Applications (D. Le Vine)

Satellite Sea-Surface Salinity Data and Product Biases and Differences (E. Bayler)

Assessment of Rain Freshening Effects and Salinity Stratification in the Tropics Based on the Aquarius Version 3 Salinity Product (T. Meissner)

Synergy Between Remote Sensing Variables: Level 4 Research Products of Sea Surface Salinity (M. Umbert)

Revealing Geophysically-Consistent Spatial Structures in SMOS Surface Salinity Derived Maps (M. Portabella)

A Multi-Dimensional Covariance Model to Combine and Interpolate Sea Surface Salinity with Sea Surface Temperature (B. Buongiorno Nardelli)

Day 2: Thursday 27th November

Session 4: Salinity and ocean circulation, including modelling, transports and upper ocean processes (Chairs: Matthew Martin and Ellis Ash)

Impact of assimilating surface salinity from SMOS on ocean circulation estimates (Invited speaker: A. Köhl)

A Modeling Study of the Processes of Surface Salinity Seasonal Cycle in the Bay of Bengal (F. Durand)

Upper Ocean Salinity Stratification in the Tropics as Derived from N2 (the Buoyancy Frequency) (C. Maes)

Differences Between the Subtropical Surface Salinity Patterns (J. Busecke)

Continuous Estimate of Atlantic Oceanic Freshwater Flux at 26°N (E. McDonagh)

Linking satellite SSS and SST to water mass formation (M. Klockmann)

SMOS Salinity in the Subtropical North Atlantic Salinity Maximum: Horizontal Thermohaline Variability (N. Kolodziejczyk)

The Relative Influence of Surface Sea Salinity and Temperature on Surface Density Gradient in the Tropical Pacific Ocean (A. Hasson)

The NASA SMAP Mission (S. Yueh)

Session 5: Salinity and ocean biology, biogeochemistry and bio-optics (Chair: Samantha Lavender)

The Influence of Land – ocean exchange and net biological production on calcite mineral saturation state over the continental shelves: the role of satellite data (Invited speaker: J. Salisbury)

Studying Dilution Processes in the Amazon Plume Using SMOS and MODIS Data (A. Korosov)

The Application of SMOS Salinity and SST to Quantify Carbon Fluxes from the Eastern Tropical Pacific (C. Brown)

Preparatory Activities to Estimate Surface Ocean pH Exploiting Sea Surface Salinity Satellite Observations (R. Sabia)

Session 6: Salinity and ocean circulation, including climate and forecasting (Chair: Eric Bayler)

Salinity: the accelerator, brake and warning lights of climate change? (Invited speaker: R. Wood)

Salinity initialisation and seasonal prediction (Invited speaker: O. Alves)

Suitability of Satellite Sea Surface Salinity Data for Use in Assessing and Correcting Ocean Forecasts (M. Martin)

Sea Surface Salinity from Space: a Future for Operational Oceanography? (B. Tranchant)

Day 3: Friday 28th November

Session 7: Salinity and the water cycle, including atmosphere/ocean/land/ice interactions and fluxes (Chair: Simon Josey and Patrick Hyder)

Where can ocean salinity be used as a rain gauge? (Invited speaker: L. Yu)

Correlative Analysis of Aquarius, Grace and River Discharge Data Indicating the Change of Water Cycle In the India Subcontinent (S. Yueh)

Changes in the Global Water Cycle Inferred Using the Water Mass Transformation Framework (N. Skliris)

Sea Surface Salinity under rain cells: SMOS satellite and in-situ drifters observations (J. Boutin)

Patterns and Changes in Iceberg Melting and Surface Salinity at Southern High Latitudes (R. Marsh)

Towards a Better Description of the Atlantic SSS Variability from SMOS and the Role of Freshwater Fluxes (E. Tzortzi)

Surface Freshwater Plumes Contributing to the Formation of the Barrier Layer and Salinity Fronts (A. Soloviev)

Observations of a Rainfall Event with an Upwardly-Rising Microstructure Profiler (B. Ward)

Observations and Modeling of Rain-Induced Near Surface Salinity Anomalies (W. Asher)




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