Ocean Salinity Conference 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to Friday, November 12, 2021
Event City: 
New York City
Event Description: 

Ocean Salinity Conference 2021 

9-12 November 2021  

(ending around noon of 12 November) 

Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA 

The conference planning committee is closely monitoring, in alignment with US federal, state  and local guidance andtThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance  related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to plan for the Ocean Salinity  Conference 2021 as an in-person event as a virtual participation option. If there are any  changes to plans and/or a postponement for the conference, we will give immediate notice.

Ocean salinity is a critical variable that drives ocean circulation, influences marine  biogeochemistry, and regulates air-sea interaction. It is also an important parameter for studying  the changing water and carbon cycles as well as the cryosphere of the Earth. Significant  advancements have been made in recent years in the development of an ocean salinity observing  system both through in-situ and satellite technologies. The resultant ocean salinity measurements  have broadened and deepened the knowledge of ocean salinity’s role in ocean dynamics and its linkages with the water cycle and climate.  

The conference aims to foster scientific exchanges and collaborations in the broad community  involved in ocean salinity science, applications, technology development, product services, and  community building. This conference (postponed from November 2020 and then from June 2021) is part of a series of international salinity community meetings (Brest, France - 2013,  Exeter, UK - 2014, Hamburg, Germany - 2015, Falmouth/MA, USA - 2017, and Paris, France - 2018). The conference presentations and discussion will review recent progress, identify  knowledge and capability gaps, and chart the way forward to sustain and enhance the ocean  salinity observing system as well as to maximize the value of the resulting measurements.  

The main topics of the conference include: 

1. Salinity variability and the underlying physical processes 

2. Salinity’s roles in ocean circulation, weather, and climate 

3. Linkages with the water cycle (including land-sea linkage) 

4. Salinity observing system (both in-situ and satellite) 

5. Evaluation and improvement of satellite salinity measurement 

6. Constraining models and improving forecasts 

7. Biogeochemical applications 


Oral and poster sessions are planned for those who wish to participate in person. The  conference will also provide a virtual participation option for those unable to participate in  person. Breakout discussions are also planned for the topics of Satellite and In Situ Salinity  (SISS) Working Group, NASA Arctic salinity field campaign, and future satellite salinity  missions.  

Scientific organizing committee:

Tong Lee, NASA JPL, USA 

Aida Alvera Azcarate, University of Liège, Belgium 

Eric Bayler, NOAA, USA 

Frederick Bingham, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA Jacqueline Boutin, Sorbonne University, France 

Kyla Drushka, University of Washington, USA 

Paul Durack, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, USA 

Arnold Gordon, Columbia University, USA (Local Host

Eric Hackert, NASA GSFC, USA 

Simon Josey, National Oceanography Centre, UK 

Matthew Martin, UK Met Office, UK 

Elisabeth Remy, Mercator-Ocean, France 

Nicolas Reul, IFREMER, France 

Gilles Reverdin, Sorbonne University, France 

Roberto Sabia, Telespazio-Vega/ESA, EU 

Klaus Scipal, ESA, EU 

Julian Schanze, Earth and Space Research, USA 

Antonio Turiel, Institute of Marine Sciences, Spain 

Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer, NASA HQ, USA 

Sponsor organizations: 


Columbia University 

ESA (Intellectual sponsor) 

CLIVAR (Intellectual sponsor) 

(additional sponsors to be added) 

Other info: 

Conference website: 


Abstract submission and registration are open now.

Envisioned timelines: 

Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 

Abstract acceptance notification to authors: 9 July 

Presentation schedule notification to authors: 30 July