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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

OA to ocean temperature data

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched an archive of OA data on surface ocean temperatures.  (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)  Excerpt:

NOAA completed a first-of-its-kind, long-term archive for international satellite-based observations of global, high-resolution ocean temperatures, dating back as far as 2005. Eventually, the data holdings will extend back to 1981. NOAA is now able to acquire, archive and provide access to satellite-based sea surface temperature products and information from a variety of national and international partners....

The effort is part of the larger Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment, a complex system of models that monitors and forecasts ocean variability. The GODAE High Resolution SST project's Long Term Stewardship and Reanalysis Facility in Silver Spring, making all of the satellite data available online.

"Ocean surface temperatures are critical for applications that range from hurricane forecasting and climate modeling, to defining marine mammal habitats and coral bleaching," said Zdenka Willis, NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center director....