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Mission Status & Events

Update From Aquarius PI Gary Lagerloef: Upcoming Events and Data Release
[21-Jun-13] The Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans) Special Section opens in July: The call for papers for special section titled Early scientific results from the salinity measuring satellites Aquarius/SAC-D and SMOS, is now posted on the Wiley Online website. The submission window will be open for six months and close on December 31, 2013. Jordi Font and I will serve as Guest Editors, and Des Barton, Editor in Chief for JGR-Oceans, is Lead Editor.

With concurrence from JGR-Oceans, I have also 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 try it, and the list will remain visible to anyone who visits the site. To make changes to your entry after it is submitted, please send an email to David Carey.

Data Processing Update: The Aquarius project plans to release the next data version, V3.0, in late September. 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.

Reminder to mark your calendars: The next Aquarius/SAC-D Science Team Meeting will be held in Argentina the week of 11-15 November 2013. Please see here for more information.

Lastly, eleven days ago on June 10, we marked the second anniversary of the Aquarius/SAC-D launch. The end of August will complete 24 months of observations (two annual cycles) since the Aquarius instrument was completely powered-on.