EGU General Assembly 2021
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Validation of the ESA CCI+SSS products

Adrien Martin1, Sébastien Guimbard2, Jacqueline Boutin3, Nicolas Reul4, Rafael Catany5, Paolo Cipollini6, and Esa Cci+sss consortium
Adrien Martin et al.
  • 1National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom of Great Britain – England, Scotland, Wales (
  • 2Ocean Scope, Barcelona, Spain (
  • 3LOCEAN-IPSL, Paris, France (
  • 4LOPS IFREMER, Toulon, France (
  • 5ARGANS, Plymouth, UK (
  • 6ESA, Harwell, UK (

The European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI+) for Sea Surface Salinity (CCI+SSS) project aims at generating long-term, improved, calibrated global SSS fields from space. The project started in mid-2018 and in its second year (version 2) has produced a 10-year dataset (2010-2019) from the three available L-band radiometer satellites (SMOS: Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity; Aquarius; SMAP: Soil Moisture Active Passive) and validated it against in situ references (Argo and ISAS: In Situ Analysis System). The comparisons with in situ ground truth indicate much better performances than the ones obtained with a single satellite data product, with global precision against in situ references of 0.15 pss. CCI SSS version 2 products show similar performance than version 1 but is one year longer. There is a very good agreement between the CCI dataset and references, including long-term stability, with differences within +-0.05 pss for global ocean within [40°S-20°N]. At higher latitude, we observe seasonal oscillation of the CCI SSS difference against references. The uncertainty provided in the CCI SSS product are in good agreement with observations (within +-25%).

How to cite: Martin, A., Guimbard, S., Boutin, J., Reul, N., Catany, R., Cipollini, P., and Cci+sss consortium, E.: Validation of the ESA CCI+SSS products, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-14902,, 2021.

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