151 Flavors of Sea Surface Temperature (SST)

Monthly average GHRSST image

Monthly average GHRSST image

The Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) at JPL currently has 151 different types of Group for High Resolution SST (GHRSTT). These are archived and downloadable here.  When I turned in the book in September, there were only 62 different varieties of GHRSST. As examination of the PO.DAAC website shows, these different varieties can be used for long term climate studies, high resolution short term upwelling studies, and for data from the geostationary satellites, which would be regionally specific studies in the satellite field-of-view.

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About Seelye Martin

Seelye Martin received his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Johns Hopkins University in 1967 then spent two years as a research associate in the Department of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1969 he took up a position in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington where he is now an Emeritus Professor. Beginning in 1987, he taught courses on remote sensing of the oceans. Professor Martin has been involved with passive microwave, visible/infrared and radar ice research since 1979, and has served on a number of NASA and NOAA committees and panels involving remote sensing and high latitude processes. He has made many trips to the Arctic for research on sea ice properties and oceanography. From 2006-2008, he worked at NASA Headquarters as Program Manager for the Cryosphere, where he also served as program scientist for the ICESat-1 and ICESat-2 missions. After leaving Headquarters, from 2009 -2012, he worked in a variety of roles for the NASA high-latitude IceBridge remote sensing aircraft program. For this work, in 2012 he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal.
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