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(A)ATSR Validation Campaign - SISTeR SST Data from RMS Queen Mary 2

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2014-02-27
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2014-07-08
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 2.4K Files | 9GB


Skin Sea Surface Temperature data from the (A)ATSR Validation Campaign by SISTeR (Scanning Infrared Sea surface Temperature Radiometer). To ensure the accuracy of the (A)ATSR, there have been joint efforts to validate the measurement data. One of these efforts is the (A)ATSR Validation Campaign which involves the deployment of the Scanning Infrared Sea surface Temperature Radiometer (SISTeR). This dataset contains the SST data of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Western Pacific measured by the SISTeR on-board RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) during her voyages since 2010. The data collection continues despite the end of AATSR mission for continuation of SST measurement before the deployment of SLSTR on Sentinel-3.

Citable as:  Nightingale, T. (2014): (A)ATSR Validation Campaign - SISTeR SST Data from RMS Queen Mary 2. NERC Earth Observation Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: AATSR, Validation, RMS Queen Mary 2, SST


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Data lineage:

The data were acquired by the SISTeR Project team with shipborne SISTeR, and are now held by the NERC Earth Observation Data Centre (NEODC)

File Format:
The data are stored in .nc format. The voyage paths of the ships are also provided in .kml format. Data Coverage: 2010-10-02 - 2010-10-08 2010-10-10 - 2010-11-09 2010-11-17 - 2011-04-19 2011-05-17 - 2011-05-17 2011-05-24 - 2011-06-04 2011-06-06 - 2011-07-04 2011-07-13 - 2011-09-20 2011-09-22 - 2011-12-11 2012-01-11 - 2012-03-12 2012-03-14 - 2012-03-22 2012-03-26 - 2012-04-30 2012-05-02 - 2012-05-05 2012-05-11 - 2012-05-24 2012-05-27 - 2012-06-12 2012-06-14 - 2012-06-23 2012-12-04 - 2013-04-24 2013-11-12 - 2013-12-04 2014-01-10 - 2014-02-24

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: RMS Queen Mary 2
Output Description


  • units: days
  • long_name: Julian day
  • var_id: julian_day
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: ambient temperature
  • standard_name: temperature
  • var_id: ambient_temperature
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: brightness temperature
  • standard_name: brightness_temperature
  • var_id: brightness_temperature
  • long_name: brightness temperature status flags
  • standard_name: brightness_temperature status_flag
  • var_id: bt_flags
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: brightness temperature total uncertainty
  • standard_name: brightness_temperature standard_error
  • var_id: bt_total_uncertainty
  • units: degrees
  • long_name: instrument view azimuthal orientation
  • var_id: sst_view_azimuth
  • units: degrees
  • long_name: instrument viewing angle from nadir
  • standard_name: angle_of_emergence
  • var_id: sst_view_elevation
  • units: degrees
  • long_name: platform course over ground
  • standard_name: platform_course
  • var_id: course_over_ground
  • units: m/s
  • long_name: platform speed over ground
  • standard_name: platform_speed_wrt_ground
  • var_id: speed_over_ground
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: sea surface temperature
  • standard_name: sea_surface_skin_temperature
  • var_id: brightness_temperature
  • standard_name: sea_surface_skin_temperature status_flag
  • var_id: sst_flags
  • long_name: sea surface temperature status flags

Co-ordinate Variables

  • units: degrees_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • long_name: latitude
  • var_id: lat
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • long_name: longitude
  • var_id: lon
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • long_name: measurement time
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