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 ESA SST CCI Analysis Long Term Product consists of daily, spatially complete fields of sea surface temperature (SST), obtained by combining the orbit data from the AVHRR and ATSR ESA SST CCI Long Term Products, using optimal interpolation to provide SSTs where there were no measurements. These data cover the period between 09/1991 and 12/2010.
This dataset is 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
Please note that this dataset has now been superseded by the version 1.1 product, available from http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/c65ce27928f34ebd92224c451c2a8bed
Merchant, C.J.; Embury, O.; Roberts-Jones, J.; Fiedler, E.K.; Bulgin, C.E.; Corlett, G.K.; Good, S.; McLaren, A.; Rayner, N.A.; Donlon, C. (2014): ESA Sea Surface Temperature Climate Change Initiative (ESA SST CCI): Analysis long term product version 1.0. NERC Earth Observation Data Centre, 24 February 2014
. doi:10.5285/878bef44-d32a-40cd-a02d-49b6286f0ea4. http://dx.doi.org/10.5285/878bef44-d32a-40cd-a02d-49b6286f0ea4