Sea Surface Salinity Influence on Earth's Climate

This short NASA video focuses on the Aquarius satellite, which was launched in 2011 to observe how variations in ocean salinity relate to climatic changes. By measuring salinity globally, Aquarius shows the ocean's role in climate change and climate's effects on ocean circulation.

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Brooke Harris
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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Background information about the Aquarius satellite mission at

When used in the classroom, the video needs adequate scaffolding to focus students on satellites, remote sensing, climate, nature of science, or the topic of choice.