Workshop on Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle

The workshop will take place at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Ma., USA between 22 May and 26 May 2017.


The oceans are the largest reservoir in the global water cycle and the ultimate source of all rainfall. Sea surface salinity responds directly to the net gain or loss of water at the ocean surface. Significant progress in monitoring the global ocean salinity field has been made in recent decades with both in-situ and satellite technology. These new observing capabilities are leading to new insights into the connectivity between the upper ocean salinity and the global water cycle. The ocean salinity field has emerged as a superior indicator of change in the water cycle and can provide new predictive capabilities for rainfall on land. Thus, it is important to promote and sustain salinity observations and the understanding of how salinity variability originates and its role in the physics of the upper ocean.

Main workshop topics:

  1. Salinity and the water cycle: trends and variability
  2. Remote sensing of salinity and other water cycle variables
  3. In-situ salinity measurements
  4. Synthesis of salinity measurements (Remote/in-situ, etc)
  5. Salinity process studies (SPURS, ASIRI)
  6. Freshwater discharges from land and ice
  7. Salinity processes in models
  8. Challenges of future salinity observing, including new techniques and sustainability

The final agenda, the scientific program and further informations can be found here.