Earth  ID: 5017

A Decade of Sea Surface Salinity

The heat of the sun forces evaporation at the ocean's surface, which puts water vapor into the atmosphere but leaves minerals and salts behind, keeping the ocean salty. The salinity of the ocean also varies from place to place, because evaporation varies based on the sea surface temperature and wind, rivers and rain storms inject fresh water into the ocean, and melting or freezing sea ice affects the salinity of polar waters.

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Alex Kekesi (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Lead Data Visualizer
Mark SubbaRao (NASA/GSFC): Data Visualizer
Nadya Vinogradova-Shiffer (NASA/HQ): Lead Scientist
Jinbo Wang (NASA/JPL): data provider
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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Data Used:
Comiso's Daily Sea Ice Concentration
Data Compilation - NASA/GSFC - 9/1/2011 - 9/1/2021
Data Compilation/SMAP/SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER, SAC-D/AQUARIUS_SCATTEROMETER, SMOS/SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER/Multi-Mission Optimally Interpolated Sea Surface Salinity Global Dataset V1 also referred to as: OISSS_L4_multimission_7day_v1
Data Compilation - PODAAC
Creator: Oleg Melnichenko
Data Compilation/Natural Earth River Data
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

DLESE >> Cryology
DLESE >> Hydrology
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
SVS >> River
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Salinity/Density
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Salinity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Sea Ice Motion
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Surface Water >> Rivers/Streams
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Coastal Processes >> Saltwater Intrusion
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Salinity/Density >> Salinity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Salinity/Density >> Salt Transport
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice >> Salinity
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Hydrosphere >> Sea Ice
SVS >> Sea ice Motion
NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators >> Cryospheric Indicators >> Salinity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Terrestrial Hydrosphere >> Surface Water >> Rivers/streams
SVS >> Salinity
SVS >> Salt

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version