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deCharon, A. ., University of Maine, Walpole, ME, USA, annette.decharon@maine.edu
Rabolli, M. ., Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), Buenos Aires, Argentina, mrabolli@conae.gov.ar
Chao, Y. ., NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA, yi.chao@jpl.nasa.gov
Lagerloef, G. ., Earth and Space Research, Seattle, WA, USA, lager@esr.org
Torrusio, S. ., Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), Buenos Aires, Argentina, storrusio@conae.gov.ar

AQUARIUS/SAC-D SATELLITE MISSION – U.S AND ARGENTINA WORKING TOGETHER TO UNDERSTAND OUR OCEANS

Aquarius/SAC-D is a collaboration between NASA and Argentina’s space agency, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE). On June 10 2011, the Argentine-built spacecraft, Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC)-D, carried several CONAE-sponsored science sensors into space, including those that measure sea ice concentration and sea surface temperature. The primary payload, NASA’s Aquarius instrument, began mapping global sea surface salinity in late August 2011 and has detected large-scale salinity distribution features clearly and with sharp contrast. Ocean-related data from Aquarius/SAC-D are complementary, as are the U.S. and Argentine approaches to education and public outreach (EPO) for this satellite mission. In the months leading up to the launch, close communication was vitally important, including international collaboration to develop key messages, create EPO products, coordinate media opportunities, and facilitate the broader impacts of the mission’s scientific goals. With new ocean data being collected, EPO staff in both countries are helping various communities to use Aquarius/SAC-D observations to better understand the interactions between global ocean circulation, the water cycle and Earth’s climate. In addition, more focused EPO activities address socio-economic applications such as fisheries management.

http://aquarius.nasa.gov

Poster presentation

Session #:164
Date: 2/21/2012
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall

Presentation is given by student: No

PosterID: B0721