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Satellite-derived global sea surface temperature fields: 1982-1989
Author(s): Peter C. Cornillon; Otis B. Brown; Robert H. Evans
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Paper Abstract

The SASWG [SST (Sea Surface Temperature) Archiving Science Working Group], formed in early 1987 by NASA and NOAA, suggested production of two classes of SST products to meet the needs of the scientific community: SST fields addressing the needs of feature-related studies, and SST values accompanied by ancillary spectral and geometric parameters addressing the needs of heat flux related studies. Following the recommendations of the SASWG, NASA identified a smaller group to define the steps required to produce the feature-related product and to begin execution of the first steps. The underlying assumption in beginning this effort was that the required fields could be produced, as suggested by the SASWG, from the global GAC (Global Area Coverage) AVHRR/2 data set that extends from June 1981 to present. In that interests within the terrestrial community for global vegetation maps using the portion of GAC data covering the continents could be met with the same data stream, NASA also suggested integrating the production of the feature-related SST fields and the vegetation index. The perceived benefit is that, in addition to making these fields available to the research scientists in both communities, the integration of the production of these fields will serve as an excellent prototype for the production of interdisciplinary fields that must be undertaken as part of NASA's EOS effort. This manuscript deals with considerations going into defining the feature-related products, the steps outlined for their actual production, and the progress made thus far.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1990
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1300, Remote Sensing of the Biosphere, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21391
Show Author Affiliations
Peter C. Cornillon, Univ. of Rhode Island (United States)
Otis B. Brown, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Robert H. Evans, Univ. of Miami (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1300:
Remote Sensing of the Biosphere
James Alan Smith, Editor(s)

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