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Data set name

Meteorological Office Sea Surface Temperature Data (1856-)

Data holding centreHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1856 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Global

Observations 
Parameters

Temperature of the water column

Instruments

Water body temperature sensor

Description 
Summary

The gridded data set has been produced from the UK Meteorological Office sea surface temperature data holdings. It comprises: 1. Monthly values of sea surface temperature anomaly from 1856 to date. Anomalies are with respect to 1951 to 1980 normals. The data are stored on a 5 x 5 grid in PP format; 2. Monthly normals for 1951 to 1980 on a 5 x 5 grid. Data are from in-situ data only. The coverage improves after 1940. The data are regularly updated and improved, when additional historical data are discovered and added to the data banks. In 1995 the normals period is due to be changed to 1961 to 1990.

OriginatorsHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
References

Bottomley, M., Folland, C.K., Hsiung, J., Newell, R.E., and Parker, D.E. (1995) Global Ocean Surface Temperature Atlas (GOSTA),

Data web sitehttp://www.meto.gov.uk/sec5/CR_div/cr_info.html
Availability 
OrganisationHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactDr. David A. Bennetts
Address

Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
Met Office FitzRoy Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 3PB
United Kingdom

Emaildabennetts@.metoffice.gov.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1026014
Global identifier1374
Last revised2009-10-15