Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity Flat Maps 2012

  • Released Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Updated Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 2:01PM
  • ID: 4050

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 a year of successful Aquarius observations. Sea surface salinity is shown on a flat map using a simple cartesian and extended Molleide projections. Versions are included with and without dates/color bars.

The range of time shown is December 2011 through Decemeber 2012. The data continuously loops through this range every 6 seconds. This visualization was generated based on version 2.0 of the Aquarius data products with all 3 scanning beams.

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Aquarius color bar showing salinity range from 30 to 40 PSU, going from blue to green to red.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


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Datasets used in this visualization

Aquarius SSS (A.K.A. Sea Surface Salinity) (Collected with the Microwave Radiometer sensor)
Observed Data | NASA

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