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Linking Freshwater Flux with Variations In Ocean Salinity

Tom Farrar

Associate Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Farrar received his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. His research interests include air-sea interaction and exchange; dynamics and thermodynamics of the upper ocean; tropical dynamics and equatorial waves; oceanic internal waves and eddies; satellite oceanography; and ocean observing and instrumentation.

Webinar Clip
Many ocean and atmospheric processes combine to affect the saltiness of the ocean, also known as ocean salinity. To better study these processes within the SPURS region of the North Atlantic, scientists have created a salinity "budget". In the finance world, a budget is used to estimate income and expenditures for a set period of time. In the science world, a salinity budget is used to estimate freshwater flux (i.e. how much freshwater is entering and leaving a set system) for a set period of time. Listen as Dr. Farrar explains his research with surface fluxes to learn more about how they work to control ocean salinity in this particular region of the ocean.

Full webinar: Ocean Thinking: Balanced Budget? Oh, Buoy!

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