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How Do Scientists Visualize 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
While we know that the oceans are salty and that this saltiness varies from place to place (fresher in tropical regions, saltier in desert regions), scientists need to find ways to see and visualize this information so as to really get a sense of how salinity might be changing. To do this, salinity measurements are collected and these data are plotted on what is known as a temperature-salinity diagram. Here, Dr. Farrar interprets one of these diagrams and what the given values represent.

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