About this dataset
Sea surface temperatures have a large influence on climate and weather, including hurricanes, as well as plant and animal life in the ocean. Like Earth’s land surface, sea surface temperatures are warmer near the equator and colder near the poles. Currents, like giant rivers, move warm and cold water around the world’s oceans. Some of these currents flow on the surface, and they are obvious in sea surface temperature images.
Warm ocean waters help form clouds and affect weather patterns. The sea's surface temperature is also correlated to the availability of tiny ocean plants, called phytoplankton. For all of these reasons scientists monitor the sea’s surface temperature.
Images by Jesse Allen, NASA's Earth Observatory, using MicroWave Optimally Interpolated daily Sea Surface Temperature data courtesy Remote Sensing Systems.
Federal Geographic Data Committee Geospatial Metadata
View the FGDC Metatdata for Sea Surface Temperature (1 month - MWOI, 1998+)