Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly (1 month - Aqua/AMSR-E, 2002-11)

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly (1 month - Aqua/AMSR-E, 2002-11) | NASA

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Sea surface temperature is the temperature of the top millimeter of the ocean's surface. An anomaly is when something is different from normal, or average. A sea surface temperature anomaly is how different the ocean temperature at a particular location at a particular time is from the normal temperatures for that place. For example, a global map of sea surface temperature anomaly for May 2006 would show where the temperatures in May 2006 were warmer, cooler, or the same as other Mays in previous years. Sea surface temperature anomalies can happen as part of normal ocean cycles or they can be a sign of long-term climate change, such as global warming.

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AMSR-E ended data collection in October 2011 due to problems with the rotation of its antenna.

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Imagery produced by the NASA Earth Observations team based on Sea Surface Temperature data from the Advanced Microwave Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E), courtesy of Remote Sensing Systems.

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