Ocean Salinity Conference 2021

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Ocean Salinity Conference 2021
Postponed to 2022, dates to be determined
9 November, 2021 to 12 November, 2021
Columbia University
New York, NY

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 late spring/early summer of 2022. The SOC is currently working to determine a final date to host this conference. Please look for future announcements providing the rescheduled date and reopening of the registration and abstract submission. For those already submitted abstracts, your submissions are still effective for the postponed conference without having to resubmit. You will also have an opportunity to submit an updated abstract or withdraw your abstract. Thank you for your patience as we work through these challenging times.

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.

Meeting Goals

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 2020 to 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

Invited Speakers

See the list of invited speakers


Oral and poster sessions are planned for those who wish to participate in person. The conference will also provide a remote oral presentation option for those unable to participate in person. Breakout discussions are also planned such as a breakout session for the Satellite and In Situ Salinity (SISS) Working Group (including field campaign topics) and that for future satellite salinity missions.

Scientific organizing committee

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 Sponsors

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