Argo float CTD profile data within the scope of the SPURS-1 N. Atlantic field campaign
DOI10.5067/SPUR1-ARGO0
Short NameSPURS1_ARGO
DescriptionThe SPURS (Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study) project is an oceanographic process study and associated field program that aim to elucidate key mechanisms responsible for near-surface salinity variations in the oceans. The project involves two field campaigns and a series of cruises in regions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans exhibiting salinity extremes. SPURS employs a suite of state-of-the-art in-situ sampling technologies that, combined with remotely sensed salinity fields from the Aquarius/SAC-D and SMOS satellites, provide a detailed characterization of salinity structure over a continuum of spatio-temporal scales. The SPURS-1 campaign involved a series of 5 cruises during 2012 - 2013 seeking to characterize the salinity structure and balance in a high salinity, high evaporation, and low rainfall region of the subtropical North Atlantic. It aims to resolve processes responsible for maintaining the subtropical surface salinity maximum in this region and within a 900 x 800-mile square study area centered at 25N, 38W. Part of the Argo global network of autonomous, self-reporting samplers, Argo floats drift horizontally and move vertically through the water column generally on 10 day cycles, collecting high-quality temperature, conductivity and salinity depth profiles from the upper 2000m. Approximately 24 floats were deployed during SPURS-1 within the campaign domain, mainly during the Knorr cruise (6 Sept-9 Oct,2012). These were standard Argo floats with the addition of surface temperature and salinity (STS) sensors and acoustic rain gauges (PAL). Data accessible here only include the standard ARGO profiles, not the STS or PAL data. SPURS-1 ARGO data files are oganized per float and each contain profile trajectory series of conductivity, salinity, temperature, pressure, depth observations.
Version1.0
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementOCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > TEMPERATURE PROFILES
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > CONDUCTIVITY
Processing Level2
CoverageRegion: SPURS-1 N.Atlantic Salinity maximum region
North Bounding Coordinate: 41 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: 23 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -76 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: -28 degrees
Time Span: 2012-Sep-09 to 2014-Aug-21
Granule Time Span: 2012-Sep-09 to 2014-Aug-21
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 0 km (Along) x 0 km (Across)
ProjectionEllipsoid: WGS 84
Swath Width0.001 km
Platform/Sensor
ARGO
Platform
Name: ARGO profiler floats (ARGO)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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CTD
SENSOR
Name: Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ProjectNASA Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS)
Data ProviderPublisher: SPURS Data Management PI, Fred Bingham
Creator: SPURS PROJECT, Fred Bingham
Release Place: Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, University on North Carolina, Wilmington, NC, USA
Release Date: 2015-May-11
Resource: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/SPURS

Keyword(s)Argo, CTD, trajectory profile, Salinity, Conductivity, Temperature, Depth, Pressure, Upper Ocean, SPURS1, North Atlantic Ocean, salinity maximum region, insitu, SPURS
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Citation SPURS PROJECT, Fred Bingham. 2015. SPURS Field Campaign ARGO float Products. Ver. 1.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/SPUR1-ARGO0

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Journal Reference E.Lindstrom, F.Bryan, R.Schmitt. 2015. SPURS: Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study - The North Atlantic Experiment. Oceanography 28(1):14-19, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.01.