Sea Surface Temperature (50 KM)
Entry ID: gov.noaa.class.SST50

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Abstract: ABSTRACT: Product shows global sea surface temperatures in degrees C. It is a composite gridded-image derived from 8-km resolution Global SST Observations and is generated twice weekly (Tuesday and Saturday) on a global scale. SST is defined as the skin temperature of the ocean surface water.


Direct Spatial Reference: Raster
Raster Object Type: Grid Cell
Row Count: 330
Column Count: 720

Fees: Electronic download (FTP) of the data is free. There is a fee for copies of data on physical media. Optical disks are $25.00 per unit and magnetic tape is $100 per unit. Price does not include additional service and handling costs.

Purpose: PURPOSE: SST data supports climate research and monitoring, environmental monitoring and ocean/atmospheric models for forecasting. SST data is useful for shipping and sailing activities, commercial and recreational fishing and decision-making for fishery management and coral reef studies.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 85.0   S: -80.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSDPD > Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: Sea Surface Temperature (50 KM)
Dataset Release Date: 1974-03-01
Data Presentation Form: raster digital data
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1974-03-01
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.5 Decimal degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.5 Decimal degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range: 50 km - < 100 km or approximately .5 degree - < 1 degree
Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: Sea surface temperature is accurate within 0.5 degrees Celsius.

LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: Historical Record of Significant Events Affecting the SST, Radiation Budget, and Aerosol Products Produced from TIROS-N series AVHRR Data from POD Guide at

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DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Disclaimer - While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: ______SST50 ____

Data Center Personnel
Email: info at
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA
Distribution Size: 15.25
Distribution Format: netCDF
Fees: Please See Summary
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Phone: (301) 763-8142 x 103
Email: John.Sapper at
Contact Address:
World Weather Building, Room 510, 5200 Auth Road
City: Camp Springs
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20746
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-09-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-11-02
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