SPURS: Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study

SPURS Locations
SPURS from JPL map
Surface Buoy
SPURS buoy
The SPURS I surface mooring

Overview


Toward a Salinity Budget for the Ocean Salinity Field Campaign

As part of the SPURS (Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study) project, the Upper Ocean Processes Group at WHOI deployed a surface mooring at approximately 24.5N, 38 W, in the salinity maximum region of the subtropical North Atlantic. The buoy collected data from September 2012 until its recovery in September 2013.

A second buoy was deployed from August 24, 2016 to November 7, 2017 near 10N, 125W in the Pacific. The focal point of the study is the center of the low surface salinity belt associated with the heavy rainfall of the intertropical convergence zone.

The SPURS II buoy is equipped with two identical ASIMet systems and about 60 ocean sensors. Plots and listings of near-real time meteorological data are available on the real-time data page. More detailed plots are on a panel plot page.

Preliminary surface flux data from SPURS I are available under the SPURS I Data tab, above; additional data sets will be published here as soon as they are prepared for publication.

Funding for this project was provided by the NASA Physical Oceanography Program.







Page updated: Aug 12, 2016