XBT Analysis - Global Ocean Heat Content

XBT data, combined with Argo temperature data, and satellite observations, are used by scientists to compute the time-series of the Global Ocean Heat content.

Figure - Global Ocean Heat Content between 0-700 meters.

Further details about the computation of the Global Ocean Heat Content using XBT data combined with, Argo profiles, and satellite measurements can be found here


Levitus, S., Antonov, J. I., Boyer, T. P., Baranova, O. K., Garcia, H. E., Locarnini, R. A., ... & Zweng, M. M. (2012). World ocean heat content and thermosteric sea level change (0–2000 m), 1955–2010. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(10). [pdf]