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Data set name

MOHSST - Meteorological Office Historical Sea Surface Temperature Data

Data holding centreHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period1856 to date
OngoingYes
Geographical area

World wide

Observations 
Parameters

Temperature of the water column

Instruments

Water body temperature sensor

Description 
Summary

Monthly values of SST anomaly from 1856 to date. Anomalies are wrt 1961 to 1990 normals. 5 x 5 grid. Monthly normals for 1961 to 1990 5 x 5 grid Data are from in-situ sources 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. Values prior to 1942 have been corrected using the instrumental corrections of Folland and Parker (1995).

OriginatorsHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
References

Parker, D. E., Folland, C. K. & Jackson, M. (1995) Marine surface temperature: observed variations and data requirements., Climatic Change, Vol 31 (1-2):559-600.; Parker, D.E., Jackson, M. and Horton, E.B. (1995) The GISST2.2 sea surface temperature and sea ice climatology., Climate Research Technical Note 63, unpublished document available from the Hadley Centre.; Folland, C.K. and Parker, D. E. (1995) Correction of instrumental biases in historical sea surface temperature data., Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Vol 121 (522):319-367.

Data web sitehttp://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/hadleycentre/obsdata/MOHSST.html
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 identifier1026030
Global identifier369
Last revised2009-11-30