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While it is well known that the ocean is one of the most important component of the climate system, with a heat capacity 1,100 times greater than the atmosphere, the ocean is also the primary reservoir for freshwater transport to the atmosphere and largest component of the global water cycle. Two new satellite sensors, the ESA Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and the NASA Aquarius SAC-D missions, are now providing the first spaceborne measurements of the sea surface salinity (SSS). Indoi:10.1007/978-94-017-8789-5_10 fatcat:ati56j4mh5gxdmyg5huuyhubyq