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Satellite Sea Surface Salinity Error in the Tropics

Researchers: Busalacchi, G. Alory2, P. Arkin1, J. Ballabrera-Poy3, T. Delcroix4, E. Hackert1, J. Janowiak1, R. Mu

A key component of the effort to fully utilize Aquarius and SMOS data will be to determine SSS error fields over tropical oceans. Estimating the spatial distribution of SSS Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) will help answer where exploitable information can be extracted from Aquarius/SMOS since high SNR corresponds to low observational error and increased impact of SSS data assimilation for ocean/coupled models.

Presented: December 6, 2011 AGU Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA, USA

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