Aquarius: The instrument and initial results

  title={Aquarius: The instrument and initial results},
  author={D. M. Le Vine and G. S. E. Lagerloef and Chris S. Ruf and Frank Wentz and Simon H. Yueh and J. Piepmeier and Eric Lindstrom and Emmanuel P. Dinnat},
  journal={2012 12th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad)},
Aquarius was launched on June 10, 2011 aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory and the instrument has been operating continuously since the initial turned-on was completed on August 25. The initial observed antenna temperatures were close to predicted and the first salinity map was released in September. In order to map the ocean salinity field, Aquarius includes several special features such as the inclusion of a scatterometer to provide a roughness correction, measurement of the third Stokes… CONTINUE READING