PICO Mooring data for the SPURS-1 N. Atlantic field campaign
DOI10.5067/SPUR1-MOOR2
Short NameSPURS1_MOORING_PICO
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. Two PICO moorings (PICO-1000, PICO-3000) were deployed on the Knorr cruise in September 2012 in the northern and eastern SPURS-1 domain quadrants at N24.74, W37.95 and N24.51, W37.81 respectively. The moorings contained a surface meteorological package and a "prawler", a CTD that crawls up and down the mooring line from the near-surface down to about 500m, yielding time series of salinity and temperature profile data at fixed locations. The moorings were recovered on the Endeavor-2 cruise. PICO mooring netCDF files contain georeferenced CTD profile data including salinity, temperature, potential temperature, pressure, depth, meteorological variables, GPS-Lat/Lon, and profile ID.
Version1.0
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementTEMPERATURE PROFILES > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > OCEANS
SALINITY > SALINITY/DENSITY > OCEANS
Processing Level2
CoverageRegion: SPURS-1 N.Atlantic Salinity maximum region
North Bounding Coordinate: 25 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: 24 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -38 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: -27 degrees
Time Span: 2012-Sep-14 to 2013-Sep-30
Granule Time Span: 2012-Sep-14 to 2013-Sep-30
ResolutionSpatial Resolution:
ProjectionEllipsoid: WGS 84
Swath Width0.001 meters
Platform/Sensor
Mooring
Platform
Name: SPURS1 WHOI Central Mooring (Mooring)
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 meters
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

Mooring
Platform
Name: SPURS1 WHOI Central Mooring (Mooring)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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MMS
SENSOR
Name: Meteorological Measurement System (MMS)
Swath Width: 0.001 meters
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
Keyword(s)PICO Mooring, trajectory profile, Salinity, Pressure, Depth, Temperature, Potential Temperature, Upper Ocean, SPURS1, North Atlantic Ocean, salinity maximum region, insitu, SPURS
Questions related to this dataset? Contact podaac@podaac.jpl.nasa.gov
Citation SPURS PROJECT, Fred Bingham. 2015. SPURS-1 Field Campaign Pico Mooring Data Products. Ver. 1.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/SPUR1-MOOR2

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