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Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity 2011-2014 - Flat Maps

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 flat map using simple cartesian and extended Molleide projections. Versions are included with and without grid lines, and in both Altantic-centered and Pacific-centered projections.

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
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This item is part of this series:

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