Mission Status & Events

Update From Aquarius PI Gary Lagerloef: Upcoming Events and Data Release
[09-Sep-13] Aquarius/SAC-D Science Team Meeting will be held in Argentina the week of 11-15 November 2013. It is time to register. Registration will be via email. Please send an email to SACD_AQ_SWT@conae.gov.ar stating (1) your name and affiliation, and (2) if you plan to make a presentation, please provide a title and indicate a preference for either an oral or poster presentation. Registration deadline is 28 October 2013. Authors for invited presentations will be notified in the coming weeks.

The Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans) Special Section opened in July: The call for papers for the special section titled Early Scientific Results from the Salinity Measuring Satellites Aquarius/SAC-D and SMOS, is now posted on the Wiley Online website. There has been some confusion by some researchers about the timing. The submission window will be open for six months and close on December 31, 2013. Jordi Font and I are serving as Guest Editors, and Des Barton, Editor in Chief for JGR-Oceans, is Lead Editor.

Also, we have prepared a website to which authors can voluntarily identify topics they plan to write about and add a preliminary abstract. This is intended to promote collaboration, minimize overlap, and help us all track what papers are likely to be submitted. I urge authors to post their topics on it, and the list will remain visible to anyone who visits the site. To make changes to your entry after it is submitted, please email David Carey.

Data Processing Update: The Aquarius project plans to release the next data version, V3.0, in late October. This version will have improvements in the radiometer calibration and antenna pattern corrections to reduce the warm-end bias over land, an improved roughness correction model and reduced error in the galactic reflection.

August 25th completed 24 months of observations (two annual cycles) since the Aquarius instrument was completely powered-on.