22 December 2004 AQUARIUS: a passive/active microwave sensor to monitor sea surface salinity globally from space
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Salinity is important for understanding ocean dynamics, energy exchange with the atmosphere and the global water cycle. Existing data is limited and much of the ocean has never even been sampled. Sea surface salinity can be measured remotely by satellite and a three year mission for this purpose called Aquarius/SAC-D has recently been selected by NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) program. The objective is to map the salinity field globally with a spatial resolution of 100 km and a monthly average accuracy of 0.2 psu. The mission, scheduled for launch in 2008, is a partnership of the United States National Aeronauatics and Space Agency (NASA) and the Argentine Comision Nacional de Actividades Epaciales (CONAE).
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David M. Le Vine, David M. Le Vine, Gary S. E. Lagerloef, Gary S. E. Lagerloef, F. Raul Colomb, F. Raul Colomb, Yi Chao, Yi Chao, } "AQUARIUS: a passive/active microwave sensor to monitor sea surface salinity globally from space", Proc. SPIE 5654, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment IV, (22 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.579424; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.579424
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