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General
Data set name

HadISST1 - Global sea ice and Sea Surface Temperature analyses

Data holding centreHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1870 through to two months before current month.
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Global coverage on a 1° latitude x 1° longitude grid

Observations 
Parameters

Skin temperature of the water column; Snow and ice mass, thickness and extent

Instruments

Inapplicable

Description 
Summary

Global SST fields were created using a variety of techniques including Reduced Space Optimal Interpolation (RSOI). Sea ice concentration fields from different sources were analysed to make them as consistent as possible through time. Some care should be taken when using the sea-ice concentration data, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere where there is no realistic interannual variability in sea ice prior to 1973. The HadISST1 data set has been shown to be an improvement upon (and has superseded) the GISST data set.

OriginatorsHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
References

Rayner, N.A., Parker, D.E., Horton, E.B., Folland, C.K., Alexander, L.V., Rowell, D.P., Kent, E.C., Kaplan, A. (2003) Global analyses of SST, sea ice and night marine air temperature since the late nineteenth century., Journal of Geophysical Research, 108.

Availability 
OrganisationHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactNick Rayner
Address

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

Emailnick.rayner@metoffice.gov.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1026026
Global identifier1384
Last revised2009-10-19