The “Ocean Circulation and Air-Sea Interaction” group focuses on research related to ocean circulation and its linkages to the climate and the water cycle. The group provides broad support to NASA for ocean-related satellite missions as well as the development of future mission concepts.
The over-arching science questions the group addresses are:
How is the ocean circulation changing on intraseasonal to multi-decadal time scales?
What are the ocean’s roles on climate variability such as El Niño-Southern Oscillation and on climate change?
How is the ocean circulation linked to the atmospheric, terrestrial, and cryospheric elements of the global water cycle?
Ocean Circulation and Air-Sea Interaction: Missions and Projects
Members of the group support various ocean-related satellite missions including the following:
Aquarius – Dedicated to sea surface salinity measurements
CYGNSS – Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System