SPURS-1 research vessel Thermosalinograph series data for N. Atlantic cruises
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DOI10.5067/SPUR1-TSG00
Short NameSPURS1_TSG
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. All SPURS-1 vessels were equipped with a thermosalinograph (TSG). A TSG is an automated measurement system that is coupled to a research vessel's water intake and GPS systems to provide continuous, along-track surface temperature and salinity measurements. Each SPURS cruise employed TSGs whose measurements were calibrated against onboard salinometers. TSG data files are one per cruise. Note that Knorr TSG data are contained coupled in the same file as its shipborne meteorological observations.
Version1.0
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementOCEANS > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION RATE
OCEANS > OCEAN WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
OCEANS > OCEAN WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > CONDUCTIVITY
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE
Processing Level2
CoverageRegion: SPURS-1 N.Atlantic Salinity maximum region
North Bounding Coordinate: 42 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: 20 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -73 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: -14 degrees
Time Span: 2012-Sep-01 to 2013-Oct-13
Granule Time Span: 2012-Sep-01 to 2013-Oct-13
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 0 km (Along) x 0 km (Across)
ProjectionEllipsoid: WGS 84
Swath Width0.001 km
Platform/Sensor
R/V Knorr
Platform
Name: R/V Knorr (WHOI) (R/V Knorr)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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THERMOSALINOGRAPHS
SENSOR
Name: Ship-based Thermosalinograph (THERMOSALINOGRAPHS)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

R/V Endeavor
Platform
Name: R/V Endeavor (WHOI) (R/V Endeavor)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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SPURS_METEO
SENSOR
Name: SPURS Ship-based Meteorological package (eg. Vaisala WXT520 on RV.Knorr) (SPURS_METEO)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

R/V Thalassa
Platform
Name: R/V Thalassa (IFREMER, France) (R/V Thalassa)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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THERMOSALINOGRAPHS
SENSOR
Name: Ship-based Thermosalinograph (THERMOSALINOGRAPHS)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

R/V Sarmiento
Platform
Name: R/V Sarmiento De Gamboa (SPAIN) (R/V Sarmiento)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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THERMOSALINOGRAPHS
SENSOR
Name: Ship-based Thermosalinograph (THERMOSALINOGRAPHS)
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)TSG, Thermosalinograph, trajectory, Salinity, Conductivity, Temperature, Rain Rate, Wind Speed, Wind direction, Fixed Depth, Upper Ocean, SPURS1, North Atlantic Ocean, salinity maximum region, Cruises, Endeavor, Knorr, Sarmiento, Thalassa, Vessel, insitu, SPURS
Questions related to this dataset? Contact podaac@podaac.jpl.nasa.gov
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DATA CITATION POLICY
Citation SPURS PROJECT, Fred Bingham. 2015. SPURS Field Campaign TSG Products. Ver. 1.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/SPUR1-TSG00

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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.

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