Study of Ocean Surface Processes and their Impact on the Retrievals of
Salinity from SMOS
Salary: €42,000 per year
Keywords: sea surface salinity; upper ocean turbulence; oceanic microstructure; air-sea interaction
Deadline for application is *November 05 2010* with an anticipated
start date of January 2011.
The research will be conducted at NUI, Galway, Ireland.
This project will focus on the ESA SMOS mission by investigating the
oceanic processes that can complicate accurate retrievals of SSS from
This research will be conducted using the Air-Sea Interaction Profiler
(ASIP). ASIP is an autonomous, upwardly-rising instrument with a suite
of high-resolution sensors which can resolve the salinity gradients in
the upper few millimetres. Data from the proposed measurements will be
invaluable to the SMOS mission in order to understand the relationship
between SSS (i.e. the salinity at 1 cm), and a ‘bulk’ salinity
measurement. These data will also highlight the conditions where
salinity gradients are expected to exist: evaporation, precipitation,
and during low wind speeds where a surface salty layer may be
stabilised when there is significant shortwave warming at the ocean
The candidate will participate in field measurements with ASIP and
conduct data analysis.
Applications (curriculum vitae, academic degree, references) should be
sent by e-mail to Dr. Brian Ward (email@example.com), National
University of Ireland, Galway, Air-Sea Physics Lab, University Road,