OS016:
Ocean salinity and its role in ocean dynamics and the water cycle





Session ID#: 26267

Session Description:
This session highlights research investigating ocean salinity as a key parameter that links various elements of the water cycle to ocean circulation dynamics and climate. Contributions are invited on all aspects of ocean salinity investigations including analyses undertaken from in situ and satellite observations, numerical models, and data assimilation. We particularly welcome contributions that have utilised sea surface salinity (SSS) measurements from the recent pathfinder satellite missions (SMOS, Aquarius/SAC-D, and SMAP), as well as observations collected during the SPURS experiment and other field campaigns. The session will focus on: recent progress from salinity remote sensing; new process-based insights from field observations; salinity-driven thermohaline circulation, upper-ocean stratification, and related ocean dynamics; links between salinity and global and regional climate variability; the water cycle as well as the fingerprint of long-term change; salinity assimilation into ocean models; and the scientific imperative for future salinity measurement continuity and enhancement.
Primary Convener:  Paul James Durack, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, United States
Conveners:  Kyla Drushka, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, Gary S E Lagerloef, Earth and Space Research, Seattle, WA, United States and Tong Lee, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • A - Atmospheric Sciences
  • C - Cryosphere
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
Index Terms:

1616 Climate variability [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1655 Water cycles [GLOBAL CHANGE]
4215 Climate and interannual variability [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4255 Numerical modeling [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Vardis M Tsontos, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States and Jorge Vazquez, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
William Llovel, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8, United Kingdom, Sarah Purkey, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, NY, United States, Benoit Meyssignac, LEGOS-CNES, OMP, Toulouse, France, Nicolas Kolodziejczyk, LOCEAN, Paris Cedex 05, France, Alejandro Blazquez, CNES French National Center for Space Studies, Toulouse Cedex 09, France and Jonathan L Bamber, University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol, United Kingdom
James R Reagan1, Dan Seidov2 and Tim Boyer2, (1)Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States, (2)NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI-MD, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Thierry C Delcroix, Observatory Midi-Pyrenees, LEGOS, Toulouse, France, Alexis Chaigneau, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Toulouse, France, Dodji Soviadan, CIPMA, Cotonou, Benin and Jacqueline Boutin, LOCEAN, Paris Cedex 05, France
Thomas Meissner, Frank J Wentz and Andrew Manaster, Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Shenfu Dong1, Denis Volkov2,3, Gustavo Jorge Goni2, Rick Lumpkin4 and Gregory R Foltz2, (1)AOML/NOAA, Miami, FL, United States, (2)Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Miami, FL, United States, (3)University of Miami, Miami, FL, United States, (4)NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), Miami, FL, United States
Luc Rainville, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, J. Thomas Farrar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, Andrey Shcherbina, Applied Physics Lab, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States and Luca Centurioni, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States
K. K. Sandeep and Vimlesh Pant, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India
Subrahmanyam Bulusu, University of South Carolina Columbia, Columbia, SC, United States
Severine Fournier, JPL/NASA/Caltech, Pasadena, CA, United States, Douglas C Vandemark, University of New Hampshire Main Campus, Durham, NH, United States, Lucile Gaultier, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, Tong Lee, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States, Bror Jonsson, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States and Michelle M Gierach, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Jieshun Zhu1, Arun Kumar2, Raghuram G Murtugudde3 and Pingping Xie2, (1)University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States, (2)NOAA/NCEP, College Park, MD, United States, (3)Univ of MD--ESSIC, College Park, MD, United States
Meghan F Cronin1, Dongxiao Zhang2, Adrienne Sutton1, Christian Meinig1, Richard Jenkins3 and Jennifer Keene2, (1)NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States, (2)JISAO/University of Washington and NOAA/PMEL, Seattle, WA, United States, (3)Saildrone Inc, Alameda, CA, United States
Paul Goddard, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States, Carolina Dufour, McGill University, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Montreal, QC, Canada, Jianjun Yin, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States, Stephen Matthew Griffies, GFDL and Michael Winton, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, United States
Jan-Erik Tesdal1, Ryan Abernathey1, Joaquim I Goes2, Arnold L Gordon3 and Thomas W N Haine4, (1)Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States, (2)Lamont -Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States, (3)Columbia University of New York, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States, (4)Johns Hopkins Univ, Baltimore, MD, United States
Tong Lee, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States and The Aquarius Team
Li Ren, NOAA, NCEP/CPC, College Park, MD, United States, Pingping Xie, NOAA/NCEP, College Park, MD, United States and Shaorong Wu, Innovim - NOAA/NCEP/CPC, College Park, MD, United States
Tangdong Qu1 and Jianwei Chi1,2, (1)University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (2)South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China
Hiroto Abe1, Naoto Ebuchi2, Hiromichi Ueno1, Hiromu Ishiyama3 and Yoshimasa Matsumura4, (1)Hokkaido University, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Hakodate, Japan, (2)Hokkaido University, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Sapporo, Japan, (3)Hokkaido University, Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Sapporo, Japan, (4)The University of Tokyo, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, Kashiwa, Japan
Xinfeng Liang1, Chao Liu1, Rui M Ponte2 and Christopher G Piecuch2, (1)University of South Florida Tampa, College of Marine Science, St Petersburg, FL, United States, (2)Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Lexington, MA, United States
Sarah G Purkey, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States and William Llovel, CERFACS European Centre for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computation, Toulouse Cedex 01, France
Zhankun Wang, NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies at the University of Maryland, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Tim Boyer, NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI-MD, Silver Spring, MD, United States and Huai-Min Zhang, NOAA Asheville, Asheville, NC, United States
Xiaosu Xie and W. Timothy Liu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Gary S E Lagerloef, Hsun-Ying Kao and David Carey, Earth and Space Research, Seattle, WA, United States
Moon-Hyun Kim1, Yoon-Jin Lim2, Hyun-Suk Kang2, Baek-Jo Kim3 and Chunho Cho4, (1)National Institute of Meterological Sciences, Earch System Research Division, Seogwipo, South Korea, (2)National Institute of Meteorological Sciences, Earth System Research Division, Seogwipo, South Korea, (3)National Institute of Meterological Sciences, Applied Meteorology Research Division, Seogwipo, South Korea, (4)National Institude of Meteorological Siciences, Seogwipo, South Korea

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