Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Volume 28 | Number 1 | March 2015

Special Issue: SPURS: Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study

On the Cover: A montage of photographs from a SPURS cruise on R/V Knorr (courtesy of Eric Lindstrom, NASA Headquarters) and a map depicting annual mean ocean surface salinity in the Atlantic Ocean (September 2012–September 2013) from NASA’s Aquarius satellite (courtesy of Oleg Melnichenko, University of Hawaii). Red color indicates higher salinity, while yellow and then blue are progressively fresher waters. SPURS examined the saltiest waters in the middle of the North Atlantic basin.
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Volume 28 Issue 01

SPURS: Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study— The North Atlantic Experiment
Lindstrom, E., F. Bryan, and R. Schmitt. 2015. SPURS: Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study—The North Atlantic Experiment. Oceanography 28(1):14–19, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.01.

Ocean Salinity and the Global Water Cycle
Durack, P.J. 2015. Ocean salinity and the global water cycle. Oceanography 28(1):20–31, https://doi.org/​10.5670/oceanog.2015.03.

Differences Among Subtropical Surface Salinity Patterns
Gordon, A.L., C.F. Giulivi, J. Busecke, and F.M. Bingham. 2015. Differences among subtropical surface salinity patterns. Oceanography 28(1):32–39, https://doi.org/​10.5670/oceanog.2015.02.

A River of Salt
Schmitt, R.W., and A. Blair. 2015. A river of salt. Oceanography 28(1):40–45, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.04.

Data Management Support for the SPURS Atlantic Field Campaign
Bingham, F.M., P. Li, Z. Li, Q. Vu, and Y. Chao. 2015. Data management support for the SPURS Atlantic field campaign. Oceanography 28(1):46–55, https://doi.org/​10.5670/oceanog.2015.13.

Salinity and Temperature Balances at the SPURS Central Mooring During Fall and Winter
Farrar, J.T., L. Rainville, A.J. Plueddemann, W.S. Kessler, C. Lee, B.A. Hodges, R.W. Schmitt, J.B. Edson, S.C. Riser, C.C. Eriksen, and D.M. Fratantoni. 2015. Salinity and temperature balances at the SPURS central mooring during fall and winter. Oceanography 28(1):56–65, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.06.

Variability in Near-Surface Salinity from Hours to Decades in the Eastern North Atlantic: The SPURS Region
Riser, S.C., J. Anderson, A. Shcherbina, and E. D’Asaro. 2015. Variability in near-surface salinity from hours to decades in the eastern North Atlantic: The SPURS region. Oceanography 28(1):66–77, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.11.

Mixed-Layer Salinity Budget in the SPURS Region on Seasonal to Interannual Time Scales
Dong, S., G. Goni, and R. Lumpkin. 2015. Mixed-layer salinity budget in the SPURS region on seasonal to interannual time scales. Oceanography 28(1):78–85, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.05.

The Freshwater Balance Over the North Atlantic SPURS Domain from Aquarius Satellite Salinity, OSCAR Satellite Surface Currents, and Some Simplified Approaches
Dohan, K., H.-Y. Kao, and G.S.E. Lagerloef. 2015. The freshwater balance over the North Atlantic SPURS domain from Aquarius satellite salinity, OSCAR satellite surface currents, and some simplified approaches. Oceanography 28(1):86–95, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.07.

Sea Surface Salinity Observations with Lagrangian Drifters in the Tropical North Atlantic During SPURS: Circulation, Fluxes, and Comparisons with Remotely Sensed Salinity from Aquarius
Centurioni, L.R., V. Hormann, Y. Chao, G. Reverdin, J. Font, and D.-K. Lee. 2015. Sea surface salinity observations with Lagrangian drifters in the tropical North Atlantic during SPURS: Circulation, fluxes, and comparisons with remotely sensed salinity from Aquarius. Oceanography 28(1):96–105, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.08.

Variability and Interleaving of Upper-Ocean Water Masses Surrounding the North Atlantic Salinity Maximum
Shcherbina, A.Y., E.A. D’Asaro, S.C. Riser, and W.S. Kessler. 2015. Variability and interleaving of upper-ocean water masses surrounding the North Atlantic salinity maximum. Oceanography 28(1):106–113, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.12.

Surface Salinity in the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre During the STRASSE/SPURS Summer 2012 Cruise
Reverdin, G., S. Morisset, L. Marié, D. Bourras, G. Sutherland, B. Ward, J. Salvador, J. Font, Y. Cuypers, L. Centurioni, V. Hormann, N. Koldziejczyk, J. Boutin, F. D’Ovidio, F. Nencioli, N. Martin, D. Diverres, G. Alory, and R. Lumpkin. 2015. Surface salinity in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre during the STRASSE/SPURS summer 2012 cruise. Oceanography 28(1):114–123, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.09.

Regional Rainfall Measurements Using the Passive Aquatic Listener During the SPURS Field Campaign
Yang, J., S.C. Riser, J.A. Nystuen, W.E. Asher, and A.T. Jessup. 2015. Regional rainfall measurements using the Passive Aquatic Listener during the SPURS field campaign. Oceanography 28(1):124–133, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.10.

Sharing the Importance of Ocean Salinity Beyond the Scientific Community
deCharon, A., C. Companion, R. Cope, and L. Taylor. 2015. Sharing the importance of ocean salinity beyond the scientific community. Oceanography 28(1):134–141, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.16.

Three-Dimensional Dynamics of Freshwater Lenses in the Ocean’s Near-Surface Layer
Soloviev, A.V., S. Matt, and A. Fujimura. 2015. Three-dimensional dynamics of fresh​water lenses in the ocean’s near-surface layer. Oceanography 28(1):142–149, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.14.

From Salty to Fresh—Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study-2 (SPURS-2): Diagnosing the Physics of a Rainfall-Dominated Salinity Minimum
SPURS-2 Planning Group. 2015. From salty to fresh—Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study-2 (SPURS-2): Diagnosing the physics of a rainfall-dominated salinity minimum. Oceanography 28(1):150–159, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.15.


The NOAA Vents Program 1983 to 2013: Thirty Years of Ocean Exploration and Research
Hammond, S.R., R.W. Embley, and E.T. Baker. 2015. The NOAA Vents Program 1983 to 2013: Thirty years of ocean exploration and research. Oceanography 28(1):160–173, https://doi.org/​10.5670/​oceanog.2015.17.


QUARTERDECK • Celebrating Five Years of Ocean Exploration Supplements to Oceanography
Kappel, E.S. 2015. Quarterdeck: Celebrating five years of ocean exploration supplements to Oceanography. Oceanography 28(1):4–5, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.18.

FROM THE PRESIDENT • Ensuring a Healthy Funding Environment in Ocean Sciences
Lozier, M.S. 2015. Ensuring a healthy funding environment in ocean sciences. Oceanography 28(1):6, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.19.

TRIBUTE • An Old Salt Retires
Schmitt, R. 2015. An old salt retires. Oceanography 28(1):7, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.20.

TOS NEWS • Mark Cane: 2014 Fellow of The Oceanography Society
Seager, R. 2015. Mark Cane: 2014 Fellow of The Oceanography Society. Oceanography 28(1):8–9, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.21.

RIPPLE MARKS • Last of the Ice Bears? Climate Change Threatens Iconic Polar Bears' Food Sources
Dybas, C.L. 2015. Ripple marks—The story behind the story. Oceanography 28(1):10–13, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.22.

BOOK REVIEW • An Introduction to Ocean Remote Sensing
Katsaros, K.B. 2015. Review of An Introduction to Ocean Remote Sensing, by S. Martin. Oceanography 28(1):174–176, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.23.

BOOK REVIEW • Sea-Level Science: Understanding Tides, Surges, Tsunamis and Mean Sea-Level Changes
Church, J.A. 2015. Review of Sea-Level Science: Understanding Tides, Surges, Tsunamis and Mean Sea-Level Changes, by D. Pugh and P. Woodworth. Oceanography 28(1):177–178, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.24.

BOOK REVIEW • Double Diffusive Convection
Kelley, D. 2015. Review of Double Diffusive Convection, by T. Radko. Oceanography 28(1):179–180, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.25.

CAREER PROFILES • Options and Insights
Career profiles—Options and insights. 2015. Oceanography 28(1):181–183

Special Issue Guest Editors

Eric Lindstrom, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Frank Bryan, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Ray Schmitt, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Production of this issue of Oceanography was supported by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).