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The Role of Evaporation and Precipitation
[05-Mar-13] The patterns of evaporation and precipitation can tell us a lot about the state of the Earth's water cycle. In this clip, Dr. Raymond Schmitt, a Physical Oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), illustrates the overall patterns by comparing precipitation and evaporation over time across the globe. Salinity - measured by the Aquarius satellite from space and measured in the ocean by a variety of in-water instruments during SPURS (Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study) - is an indicator of these patterns of precipitation and evaporation. Thus, measuring salinity can tell us a great deal about the water cycle in a changing climate.
View Dr. Schmitt's full webinar, entitled Salinity's Connection to Climate Change and an Accelerated Water Cycle at COSEE-Ocean Systems and learn more about his research at WHOI.
Raymond Schmitt
In this clip, Dr. Raymond Schmitt compares precipitation and evaporation over time across the globe. Download this movie.