About this dataset
Sea surface temperature is the temperature of the top millimeter of the ocean's surface. The average sea surface temperatures over a long period of time are called a sea surface temperature "climatology." An area's climatology acts a baseline for deciding whether and how much the climate is changing. To make a climatology data set, you average measurements collected over a long period of time. These data were collected between 1985 and 1997 by a series of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites. The observations are grouped into five-day periods.
Armstrong, E. M., and J. Vazquez-Cuervo (2001), "A New Global Satellite-Based Sea Surface Temperature Climatology", Geophys. Res. Lett., 28(22), 4199–4202.
Federal Geographic Data Committee Geospatial Metadata
View the FGDC Metatdata for Average Sea Surface Temperature (1 month - AVHRR, 1985-97)