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2008, Oceanography 21(1):82–85, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.69

What's Next for Salinity?

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Tim Boyer (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Data Center),
Jim Carton (co-chair, University of Maryland),
Yi Chao (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory),
Arnold Gordon (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University),
Greg Johnson (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory),
Gary Lagerloef (Earth and Space Research),
Bill Large (National Center for Atmospheric Research),
Steve Riser (University of Washington), and
Ray Schmitt (co-chair, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, rschmitt@whoi.edu)


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CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Pre-dictability) is an international research effort focusing on the variability and predictability of the slowly varying components of the climate system. As part of the US contribution to CLIVAR, a "Salinity Working Group" was formed and charged with:

  1. describing the role of ocean salinity in the global water cycle, global ocean circulation, and climate variability

  2. identifying the requirements and challenges for analyzing, observing, and monitoring salinity, as well as simulating processes critical for determining the ocean's role in the transport and storage of salinity

  3. providing guidance to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (and the international community) on observational and scientific activities that should be considered in advance of, and during, the Aquarius mission to improve measurement, analysis, and use of salinity information for the above purposes


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The CLIVAR Salinity Working Group. 2008. What's next for salinity?Oceanography 21(1):82–85, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.69.