Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study 1
SPURS is a pair of oceanographic field experiments addressing essential role of the ocean in the global water cycle using a plethora of oceanographic equipment and technology, including salinity-sensing satellites, research cruises, floats, drifters, autonomous gliders and moorings. Through careful design and international collaboration, researchers are studying salinity changes that span thousands of miles together with those happening in the top centimeter of the ocean. The SPURS-1 field campaign took place in 2012-2013. It focused on the high surface salinity, high evaporation region of the subtropical North Atlantic (see figure on the left). The field program finished when the R/V Endeavor pulled into port on October 16, 2013.