Autonomous Multi-Platform Observations During the Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study

TitleAutonomous Multi-Platform Observations During the Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLindstrom E.J, Shcherbina A.Y, Rainville L, Farrar J.T, Centurioni LR, Dong S.F, D'Asaro EA, Eriksen C., Fratantoni D.M, Hodges B.A, Hormann V., Kessler W.S, Lee CM, Riser S.C, St Laurent L., Volkov D.L
JournalOceanography
Volume30
Pagination38-48
Date Published2017/06
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1042-8275
Accession NumberWOS:000410333500011
Keywordscirculation; field campaign; global ocean; Lagrangian drifters; layer; maximum; north-atlantic; surface salinity; temperature; variability
Abstract

The Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study ( SPURS) aims to understand the patterns and variability of sea surface salinity. In order to capture the wide range of spatial and temporal scales associated with processes controlling salinity in the upper ocean, research vessels delivered autonomous instruments to remote sites, one in the North Atlantic and one in the Eastern Pacific. Instruments sampled for one complete annual cycle at each of these two sites, which are subject to contrasting atmospheric forcing. The SPURS field programs coordinated sampling from many different platforms, using a mix of Lagrangian and Eulerian approaches. This article discusses the motivations, implementation, and first results of the SPURS-1 and SPURS-2 programs.

DOI10.5670/oceanog.2017.218
Short TitleOceanography
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