Autonomous multi-platform observations during the Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study

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Lindstrom, Eric
Shcherbina, Andrey Y.
Rainville, Luc
Farrar, J. Thomas
Centurioni, Luca R.
Dong, Shenfu
D'Asaro, Eric A.
Eriksen, Charles C.
Fratantoni, David M.
Hodges, Benjamin A.
Hormann, Verena
Kessler, William S.
Lee, Craig M.
Riser, Stephen C.
St. Laurent, Louis C.
Volkov, Denis L.
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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.
Author Posting. © The Oceanography Society, 2017. This article is posted here by permission of The Oceanography Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Oceanography 30, no. 2 (2017): 38–48, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2017.218.
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