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ESA Sea Surface Temperature Climate Change Initiative (SST_cci): Climatology Climate Data Record, version 2.1

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2019-07-02
Status: Superseded
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2019-08-02
DOI Publication Date: 2019-08-22
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 365 Files | 3GB

This dataset has been superseded. See Latest Version here

This v2.1 SST_cci Climatology Data Record (CDR) consists of Level 4 daily climatology files gridded on a 0.05 degree grid.

The dataset has been produced as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative Sea Surface Temperature project(ESA SST_cci). The data products from SST_cci accurately map the surface temperature of the global oceans over the period 1981 to 2016 using observations from many satellites. The data provide independently quantified SSTs to a quality suitable for climate research.

Data are made freely and openly available under a Creative Commons License by Attribution (CC By 4.0) .

When citing this dataset please also cite the associated data paper: Merchant, C.J., Embury, O., Bulgin, C.E., Block T., Corlett, G.K., Fiedler, E., Good, S.A., Mittaz, J., Rayner, N.A., Berry, D., Eastwood, S., Taylor, M., Tsushima, Y., Waterfall, A., Wilson, R., Donlon, C. Satellite-based time-series of sea-surface temperature since 1981 for climate applications, Scientific Data 6:223 (2019).

Citable as:  Good, S.A.; Embury, O. (2019): ESA Sea Surface Temperature Climate Change Initiative (SST_cci): Climatology Climate Data Record, version 2.1. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 22 August 2019. doi:10.5285/83e51cf29821434ea14db56c564946d5.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: SST, ESA Climate Change Initiative, CCI


Previous Info:
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Previously used record identifiers:
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Access rules:
Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data were processed by the ESA CCI SST project team and supplied to the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) for archiving in the context of the ESA CCI Open Data Portal project and the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

Data Quality:
As provided by the CCI SST team
File Format:
Data are in NetCDF format

Citations: 1

The following citations have been automatically harvested from external sources associated with this resource where DOI tracking is possible. As such some citations may be missing from this list whilst others may not be accurate. Please contact the helpdesk to raise any issues to help refine these citation trackings.

Bulgin, C. E., Merchant, C. J., & Ferreira, D. (2020). Tendencies, variability and persistence of sea surface temperature anomalies. Scientific Reports, 10(1).

Process overview

This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

CCI SST Processor


This computation involved: CCI SST Processor. This processor was developed in the ESA Climate Change Initiative, Sea Surface Temperature Project

Input Description


Output Description


Software Reference


  • units: degrees_north
  • var_id: lat_bnds
  • long_name: Latitude cell boundaries
  • names: Latitude cell boundaries
  • units: degrees_east
  • var_id: lon_bnds
  • long_name: Longitude cell boundaries
  • names: Longitude cell boundaries
  • var_id: time_bnds
  • long_name: Time cell boundaries
  • names: Time cell boundaries
  • units: kelvin
  • standard_name: sea_water_temperature
  • var_id: analysed_sst
  • long_name: analysed sea surface temperature
  • names: sea_water_temperature, analysed sea surface temperature
  • units: 1
  • standard_name: sea_ice_area_fraction
  • var_id: sea_ice_fraction
  • long_name: sea ice area fraction
  • names: sea_ice_area_fraction, sea ice area fraction
  • var_id: mask
  • long_name: sea/land/lake/ice field composite mask
  • names: sea/land/lake/ice field composite mask

Co-ordinate Variables

  • units: degrees_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: lat
  • long_name: Latitude
  • names: latitude, Latitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: lon
  • long_name: Longitude
  • names: longitude, Longitude
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • long_name: reference time of sst field
  • names: time, reference time of sst field
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