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Near Real-time Sea Surface Temperature Imagery from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Abstract: At its Satellite Communications Facility, the Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory receives daily data from the AVHRR
instrument onboard the NOAA polar orbiting satellites.

The JHU/APL Ocean Remote Sensing Group rapidly processes estimates of
sea surface temperature (SST) from these data. Regions of interest
include: Gulf Stream Region, Chespeake Bay, Coastal Mixing and Optics
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Description: SST Imagery webpage at JHU/APL Ocean Remote Sensing Group

Description: Ocean Remote Sensing Group at JHU/APL
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Caption:  Gulf Stream Sea Surface Temperature from AVHRR on NOAA-12, May 23, 1996
Description:  This image is from a single NOAA-12 satellite pass early on the
evening of May 23, 1996 (6:44 PM EDT). A large warm eddy is seen just
north of the Gulf Stream. Land and clouds have been added from channel
2, the near IR. The sea surface temperature computation does not
extend to the edge of the pass.

Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 45.0   S: 20.0   E: -55.0   W: -85.0
  N: 40.0   S: 36.0   E: -74.0   W: -78.0
  N: 43.0   S: 39.0   E: -68.0   W: -73.0
  N: 44.0   S: 35.0   E: -65.0   W: -76.0
  N: 36.0   S: 27.0   E: -70.0   W: -82.0
  N: 55.0   S: 30.0   E: -45.0   W: -80.0
  N: 31.0   S: 16.0   E: -80.0   W: -98.0
  N: 28.0   S: 19.0   E: -80.0   W: -82.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1995-11-06
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 1.1 km
Longitude Resolution: 1.1 km
Temporal Resolution: 4 passes per day
Use Constraints If you find these data useful please share your interests by
e-mailing to Dr. Richard Gasparovic at
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Originating Center
Data Center
Ocean Remote Sensing Group, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 240-228-6000
Fax: 240-228-5548
Email: Frank_Monaldo at
Contact Address:
Ocean Remote Sensing Group
Applied Physics Laboratory
Mail Code 7-389
Johns Hopkins University
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
City: Laurel
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20723-6099
Country: USA
Distribution Media: WWW
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at
Monaldo, F., 1996, Primer on the Estimation of Sea Surface Temperature
Using TeraScan Processing of NOAA AVHRR Satellite Data, Version 2.0,
S1R-96M-03, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
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Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24