2014 Aquarius / SAC-D Science Team Meeting

November 11-14, 2014
Seattle, Washington USA

Theme:  Science Assessment for end of Aquarius Prime Mission

The Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission convened the 9th Science Meeting in Seattle, WA, USA, 11-14 November 2014.   This was be the 3rd science meeting since the mission was launched 10 June 2011.  The mission is primarily a United States – Argentina partnership, including contributions from, Italy, Canada, France and Brazil.

Aquarius/SAC-D science objectives address ocean circulation, the global hydrological cycle, climate variability, land processes, land use, soil moisture, natural hazards, health applications, cryosphere, and others. The satellite observatory provides measurements of ocean salinity (the primary measurement goal of the mission) plus ocean winds, rain, sea ice, sea and land surface temperatures, soil moisture, high temperature events (fires and volcanic activities), nighttime light sources, atmospheric temperature/humidity soundings, space environment and autonomous data relay from remote ground stations.

This meeting was scheduled to coincide with the completion of NASA’s Aquarius 3-year prime salinity measurement mission in November. The agenda emphasized the scientific achievements of these three years, validating the NASA mission science requirements, and to form future plans for Aquarius extended mission science (NASA Senior Review in 2015).  The meeting focused on the Aquarius/SAC-D science team and the NASA Ocean Salinity Science Team (OSST) activities.

Format: The agenda was organized with plenary and working group sessions, discussion groups, oral and poster presentations.

Oral and Poster Presentations: Contributed talks and posters were presented.   Authors may submit duplicate oral and poster presentation to allow more discussion during poster sessions.

Language of the Workshop: English.