Assessment of Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity
AbstractAquarius was the first NASA satellite to observe the sea surface salinity (SSS) over the global ocean. The mission successfully collected data from 25 August 2011 to 7 June 2015. The Aquarius project released its final version (Version-5) of the SSS data product in December 2017. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the validation results from the Aquarius Validation Data System (AVDS) and other statistical methods, and to provide a general view of the Aquarius SSS quality to the users. The results demonstrate that Aquarius has met the mission target measurement accuracy requirement of 0.2 psu on monthly averages on 150 km scale. From the triple point analysis using Aquarius, in situ field and Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) products, the root mean square errors of Aquarius Level-2 and Level-3 data are estimated to be 0.17 psu and 0.13 psu, respectively. It is important that caution should be exercised when using Aquarius salinity data in areas with high radio frequency interference (RFI) and heavy rainfall, close to the coast lines where leakage of land signals may significantly affect the quality of the SSS data, and at high-latitude oceans where the L-band radiometer has poor sensitivity to SSS. View Full-Text
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Kao, H.-Y.; Lagerloef, G.S.E.; Lee, T.; Melnichenko, O.; Meissner, T.; Hacker, P. Assessment of Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1341.
Kao H-Y, Lagerloef GSE, Lee T, Melnichenko O, Meissner T, Hacker P. Assessment of Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity. Remote Sensing. 2018; 10(9):1341.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kao, Hsun-Ying; Lagerloef, Gary S.E.; Lee, Tong; Melnichenko, Oleg; Meissner, Thomas; Hacker, Peter. 2018. "Assessment of Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity." Remote Sens. 10, no. 9: 1341.
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