Earth  ID: 4234

Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity 2011-2014 - Rotating Globes

The Aquarius spacecraft is designed to measure global sea surface salinity. It is important to understand salinity, the amount of dissolved salts in water, because it will lead us to better understanding of the water cycle and can lead to improved climate models. Aquarius is a collaboration between NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina

This visualization celebrates over three years of successful Aquarius observations. Sea surface salinity is shown on a spinning globe (with and without grid lines).

The range of time shown is September 2011 through September 2014. This visualization was generated based on version 3.0 of the Aquarius data products.



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Visualization Credits

Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Gary Lagerloef (ESR): Scientist
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Norman Kuring (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Aquarius/Microwave Radiometer/Sea Surface Salinity

This item is part of this series:

GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Salinity/Density >> Salinity
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version