The Aquarius/SAC-D satellite has begun collecting global salinity data - but it is not without challenges. On January 17, 2012, Dr. Gary Lagerloef, Aquarius Principal Investigator, and Dr. David Le Vine, Aquarius Deputy Principal Investigator, presented a webinar on what it takes to design, develop and test this satellite's capabilities before and after launch, and how this leads to gathering accurate global data.
This webinar is presented via two interactive concept maps containing multimedia assets.
The webinar features two concept maps. You can explore the concept maps in the windows below, or save them to your own CLIMB account.
The first map describes how the technology for Aquarius was developed, and was presented in the webinar by David Le Vine.
The second map, presented by Dr. Gary Lagerloef, describes the process by which the Aquarius instrument is able to get a global picture of salinity measurements.
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About the Presenters
Gary LagerloefDr. Lagerloef completed a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography at the University of Washington in 1984. From 1988-1990, he served as the NASA Physical Oceanography Program Manager in the ocean science remote sensing program. In 1995, he co-founded Earth and Space Research, a non-profit scientific research institute in Seattle where he has developed several research projects devoted to studies of the upper ocean dynamics and climate variability using satellites. Dr. Lagerloef was appointed by NASA to lead the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission in December 2003.
Aquarius Principal Investigator
Earth and Space Research, Seattle, WA
David Le VineDr. Le Vine received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was a Research Engineer at the University of Michigan Radiation Laboratory, after which he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park. In 1973, he joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His current research has focused on the development of techniques for microwave remote sensing of the environment from space.
Aquarius Deputy Principal Investigator
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD