Presented at the 2018 Ocean Salinity Science Team and Salinity Continuity Processing MeetingAs a NASA pathfinder mission dedicated to public engagement, Aquarius made significant strides in broadening interest in salinity beyond the scientific community. Using lessons learned from this experience, we will help the Ocean Salinity Science Team (OSST) contribute to NASA's strategic communications goals in specific and measurable ways. By doing so, the OSST will collectively contribute to broader ocean and climate literacy efforts. Objectives of this activity align with OSST topics as follows:
- Demonstrate clear linkages among ocean surface salinity variability, ocean circulation, Earth's water cycle, and climate;
- Highlight the synergistic value of NASA ocean surface salinity data in the broader context of other satellite and in situ measurements;
- Provide insights into salinity variations within the upper water column in terms of environmental processes, along with associated implications for "ground truthing" satellite-derived salinity data; and
- Share the processes used to retrieve and refine salinity derived from satellite and other methods, including the ongoing efforts to improve data accuracy and consistency.