Open Science Conference on

Salinity and Freshwater Changes in the Ocean

12.-15. October 2015

Großer Hörsaal, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany

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Ocean salinity is a key parameter that is related to freshwater transport convergences in the ocean, and reflects the exchange of freshwater between the ocean and various components of the climate system. In addition, salinity is a key dynamical parameter that influences the oceans dynamics and is being influenced by mixing in the ocean. Through the advent of new observing technologies, salinity research has gained much attention over the recent years, now leading to rapidly growing new insights. This includes surface freshwater fluxes and river run off, as well as sea ice aspects of the ocean circulation. The conference intends to bring together communities working on all aspects related to ocean salinity and freshwater studies in the ocean, to review most recent results and to discuss further progress that is required.

Meeting Objectives

The conference will review progress and ongoing work and will identify next frontiers in the fields of ocean salinity and freshwater cycle science.

In doing so it will focus on:

  1. Progress made in observing ocean salinity
  2. Progress made in salinity research
  3. New insight into the oceans role in the global freshwater cycle.
  4. Scientific challenges using new salinity observation in the wider community
  5. Challenges of future salinity observing, including remote sensing.
  6. Aspects of surface freshwater fluxes, run off, and sea ice.
  7. Aspects related to salinity freshwater in numerical models.

Observations, modeling and assimilation aspects will be addressed in all sessions; more technical aspects in specific sessions.

Keynotes by

  • Dr. Ray Schmitt (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
  • Dr. Paul Durack (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Prof. Thierry Delcroix (Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales, France)
  • Dr. Gilles Reverdin (LOCEAN, France)
  • Prof. Monika Rhein (Marum, Germany)
  • Dr. Nicolas Reul (IFREMER, France)
  • Dr. Gary Lagerloef (Earth and Space Research, USA)
  • Dr. Camille Lique (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Dr. Tong Lee (NASA, USA)
  • Dr. Michael Whitney (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Prof. Torsten Kanzow (GEOMAR, Germany)
  • Dr. Johannes Karstensen (GEOMAR, Germany)
  • Dr. Christophe Maes (LPO/IRD, France)
  • Dr. Brian Ward (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
  • Prof. Jacqueline Boutin (LOCEAN, France)
  • Dr. Stefan Bakan (MPI-M, Germany)
  • Dr. Trevor McDougall (University of New South Wales Australia)


Registration is now closed. 

Abstract Submission

Abstracts can no longer be submitted. We thank everyone for their contribution! The final program will be circulated beginning of August. For any inquiry regarding abstracts, please contact Meike Demgen (meike.demgen(at)

More information on the program can be found in the conference leaflet.


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