Ocean Salinity Conference 2022

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

Ocean Salinity Conference 2022

6-9 June 2022  

Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA 

(an in-person event with a virtual participation option)


The Ocean Salinity Planning Committee regrets to inform you that based on the latest regulations in accordance with US federal, state, and local (including institutional) guidelines regarding COVID-19, an in-person or hybrid conference at Columbia University is not possible as scheduled for this November 2021. The decision has been made to postpone the conference to 6-9 June 2022 as an in-person event with a virtual participation option. 

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 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


Intellectual Sponsor: 


European Space Agency
CLIVAR (Climate and Ocean - Variability, Predictability and Change)

Other info: 

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