Presented at the 2013 SMOS-Aquarius Science WorkshopWe compared Aquarius level-2 V1.3.9 sea surface salinities (SSS) with near-surface salinities from Argo floats for a period of 15 months. For this period, near-surface salinites were collected from all delayed-mode Argo profiles worldwide. Approximately 11,000 profiles occurred within the Aquarius footprint within ±24 hours of acquisition. After filtering for various contaminations, approximately 8700 data pairs remained for direct comparison. Results and conclusions from these comparisons will be presented.