Ocean acidification monitoring with EO-derived salinity and temperature

Empirical algorithms using satellite observed salinity from SMOS and Aquarius, as well as CCI SST, have been demonstrated to be suitable to calculate total alkalinity and total dissolved inorganic carbon, and reproduce the wider spatial patterns of these two variables.

Improving our ability to monitor ocean carbonate chemistry has become a priority as the ocean continues to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and experiences the acidification process (pH reduction) undermining ocean life.

Read more in this story, in the Remote Sensing of Environment paper and in the Ocean Science Cluster project OCEANSODA.