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Webinar: Potential for Remote Monitoring of Ocean Heat Content

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Friday, 22 January 2021, 12:00

Friday, January 22, 2021. 12:00 PM. Webinar: Potential for Remote Monitoring of Ocean Heat Content. David Trossman, NOAA STAR/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; Robert Tyler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Geodesy and Geophysics Laboratory and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsored by STAR Science Seminar Series. More information here.

A new remote sensing-based approach to monitor ocean heat content (OHC) anomalies is proposed to overcome challenges with observing OHC over the entire ocean. The output of an ocean state estimate - using the Estimating the Circulation & Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) framework - is assumed to be perfect observational data and used to identify prospective variables that could be calculated from remotely monitored characteristics of the ocean. The depth-integrated electrical conductivity (potentially derived from magnetometry) is shown to be highly predictive of OHC in poorly observed regions - such as those covered by sea ice - so it is used together with sea surface heights (from altimetry) and ocean bottom pressures (from gravimetry) to estimate OHC.

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