Satellite monitoring of sea surface temperatures off China
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Satellite measurements of global sea surface temperatures (SST) have been made since 1982 using the multi-channel radiometers (AVHRR) on NOAA polar orbiting satellites. A four year data set was accumulated at daily intervals and a spatial resolution of about 100 kilometers on an interactive computer system. The time lapse evaluation of the data revealed variations of the SST which were related to coastal and equatorial upwelling events as well as to the pronounced equatorial warming associated with the 1982–1983 El Niño. In the present study, satellite time series are used to describe the annual variability of the SST at selected locations along the coast of China, the Yellow Sea, the Sea of Japan and the Equatorial Indian and Pacific Oceans. Further study of the SST off China using higher resolution satellite data are also described.
KeywordsAdvanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Equatorial Indian Ocean Western PACIFIC Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Data
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