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Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity 2011-2015

Aquarius is a collaboration between NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina to measure global sea surface salinity (the amount of dissolved salts in water). Measuring salinity can help us better understand the water cycle and can also lead to improved climate models.

The visualizations show the complete observations of sea surface salinity taken during the life span (2011 through May 2015) of the Aquarius spacecraft. In these visualizations, sea surface salinity is shown ranging from 30 to 40 PSU (from blue to green to red) on a flat map using simple cartesian and extended Molleide projections. The visualizations were generated based on version 4.0 of the Aquarius data products. Salinity plays a major role in how ocean waters circulate around the globe. Salinity changes can create ocean circulation changes that, in turn, may impact regional and global climates.


Visualization Credits

Cheng Zhang (USRA): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Kel Elkins (USRA): Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Aquarius/Microwave Radiometer/Sea Surface Salinity also referred to as: SSS
Observed Data - NASA
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