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NASA's Aquarius Studies Our Salty Seas - January 17 & 24

 Aquarius/SAC-D launch on June 10, 2011
Aquarius/SAC-D launch on
June 10, 2011
In January, we will host a two-part webinar series on the Aquarius/SAC-D Satellite and its scientific findings. Principal Investigator Gary Lagerloef, Deputy Principal Investigator David Le Vine, and Project Scientist Yi Chao will discuss the complexities of getting accurate salinity measurements from space and will share recent data collected by the instrument. There will be a live "Question and Answer" session and we will also provide participants with a rich collection of educational resources related to Aquarius, salinity and technology.

How do We Cover the Globe with Aquarius Data?
17 January 2012 (7:00 PM - 8:30PM ET)
The Aquarius/SAC-D satellite has begun collecting global salinity data - but it is not without challenges. Learn what it takes to design, develop and test this satellite's capabilities before and after launch, and how that leads to gathering accurate global data.
What are We Learning from Aquarius Data?
24 January 2012 (7:00 PM - 8:00PM ET)

Now that measurements of global salinity are being regularly collected by Aquarius, what type of phenomena are being observed with the data? NASA scientists will highlight several months of data, focusing on interesting regions of salinity change and the data are already teaching us about the global ocean.

Gary Lagerloef
Dr. Gary Lagerloef
Principal Investigator
Dr. 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.

David Le Vine
Dr. David Le Vine
Deputy Principal Investigator
Dr. 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.

Yi Chao
Dr. Yi Chao
Project Scientist
Dr. Chao received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Program, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory). His research interests include satellite oceanography with a particular focus on coastal oceans; ocean modeling, data assimilation and forecasting. interdisciplinary science of coupling ocean circulation with ecosystem and air-sea interactions; and climate variability and change.