The ESA Sea Surface Temperature Climate Change Initiative (ESA SST CCI) dataset accurately maps the surface temperature of the global oceans over the period 1991 to 2010, using observations from many satellites. The data provides an independently quantified SST to a quality suitable for climate research. The datasets consist of stable, low-bias sea surface temperature (SST) data covering the period 08/1991 - 12/2010 (referred to as the Long Term Product), two 3-month periods of data incorporating data from more sensors than used for the long term product (the Demonstration Product), and comparison data sourced from outside the ESA SST CCI project.
The datasets are cited in: Merchant, C. J., Embury, O., Roberts-Jones, J., Fiedler, E., Bulgin, C. E., Corlett, G. K., Good, S., McLaren, A., Rayner, N., Morak-Bozzo, S. and Donlon, C. (2014), Sea surface temperature datasets for climate applications from Phase 1 of the European Space Agency Climate Change Initiative (SST CCI). Geoscience Data Journal. doi: 10.1002/gdj3.20