Satellite Ocean Monitoring


NOAA/AOML distributes on its web server several products for climate and weather studies. The data used to derive these products come from a wide array of observing platforms. Satellite-derived sea heigh anomaly (SHA) and sea surface temperature (SST), temperature profiles from profiling floats and expendable bathythermographs (XBTs), and surface currents from drifters are used to develop these products.


Satellite Products and Indexes

Products derived from satellite-derived altimetric sea height anomaly (SHA) fields and sea surface temperature (SST). These products are validated using data from a variety of platforms, such as XBTs, drifters, moorings, and profiling floats. Real-time global geostrophic surface currents, tropical cyclone heat potential (TCHP), and long term time series of important oceaonographic variables are available through these website. Go

Coast Watch

CoastWatch is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program that provides remotely sensed satellite and other environmental data to government decision makers and academic researchers. The Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico Regional Node is one of several sites throughout the United States set up for the processing and distribution information in near-real-time. The primary data source for CoastWatch data is the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on the NOAA series polar orbiting weather satellites. Go