Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Volume 28 | Number 1 | March 2015

Special Issue: SPURS: Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study

On the Cover: A montage of photographs from a SPURS cruise on R/V Knorr (courtesy of Eric Lindstrom, NASA Headquarters) and a map depicting annual mean ocean surface salinity in the Atlantic Ocean (September 2012–September 2013) from NASA’s Aquarius satellite (courtesy of Oleg Melnichenko, University of Hawaii). Red color indicates higher salinity, while yellow and then blue are progressively fresher waters. SPURS examined the saltiest waters in the middle of the North Atlantic basin.
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Volume 28 Issue 01

Differences Among Subtropical Surface Salinity Patterns
By Arnold L. Gordon , Claudia F. Giulivi, Julius Busecke, and Frederick M. Bingham

A River of Salt
By Raymond W. Schmitt and Austen Blair

Data Management Support for the SPURS Atlantic Field Campaign
By Frederick M. Bingham , Peggy Li , Zhijin Li , Quoc Vu, and Yi Chao

Salinity and Temperature Balances at the SPURS Central Mooring During Fall and Winter
By J. Thomas Farrar, Luc Rainville, Albert J. Plueddemann , William S. Kessler, Craig Lee , Benjamin A. Hodges, Raymond W. Schmitt, James B. Edson, Stephen C. Riser, Charles C. Eriksen , and David M. Fratantoni

Variability in Near-Surface Salinity from Hours to Decades in the Eastern North Atlantic: The SPURS Region
By Stephen C. Riser, Jessica Anderson, Andrey Shcherbina, and Eric D’Asaro

Variability and Interleaving of Upper-Ocean Water Masses Surrounding the North Atlantic Salinity Maximum
By Andrey Y. Shcherbina, Eric A. D’Asaro , Stephen C. Riser , and William S. Kessler

Surface Salinity in the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre During the STRASSE/SPURS Summer 2012 Cruise
By Gilles Reverdin, Simon Morisset, Louis Marié, Denis Bourras, Graigory Sutherland , Brian Ward, Joaquín Salvador, Jordi Font, Yannis Cuypers, Yannis Cuypers, Luca Centurioni , Verena Hormann , Nicolas Koldziejczyk, Jacqueline Boutin , Francesco D’Ovidio , Francesco Nencioli , Nicolas Martin , Denis Diverres, Gaël Alory, and Rick Lumpkin

Regional Rainfall Measurements Using the Passive Aquatic Listener During the SPURS Field Campaign
By Jie Yang , Stephen C. Riser, Jeffrey A. Nystuen, William E. Asher , and Andrew T. Jessup

Sharing the Importance of Ocean Salinity Beyond the Scientific Community
By Annette deCharon, Carla Companion, Ryan Cope, and Lisa Taylor

Three-Dimensional Dynamics of Freshwater Lenses in the Ocean’s Near-Surface Layer
By Alexander V. Soloviev, Silvia Matt , and Atsushi Fujimura


The NOAA Vents Program 1983 to 2013: Thirty Years of Ocean Exploration and Research
By Stephen R. Hammond, Robert W. Embley, and Edward T. Baker

Special Issue Guest Editors

Eric Lindstrom, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Frank Bryan, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Ray Schmitt, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Production of this issue of Oceanography was supported by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).