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EUSTACE / CCI: Global clear-sky sea surface temperature from the (A)ATSR series at 0.25 degrees with estimates of uncertainty components, v1.2, 1991-2012

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2020-04-29
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2019-04-08
DOI Publication Date: 2019-04-08
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 7.61K Files | 36GB

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This dataset consists of Sea Surface Temperature data with uncertainty estimates, from the Along Track Scanning Radiometer series of satellite instruments (ATSR-1, ATSR-2 and AATSR). It forms part of the collection of datasets from the EUSTACE (EU Surface Temperature for All Corners of Earth) project, which is producing publically available daily estimates of surface air temperature since 1850 across the globe for the first time by combining surface and satellite data using novel statistical techniques.

The Sea Surface Temperature data provided here were retrieved in the context of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Sea Surface Temperature (SST) project, and comprise a Level 3c gridded product, on a 0.25 degree grid. This v1.2 product was provided for input into the EUSTACE project. It is provided here for traceability; more recent CCI data is available from the SST CCI catalogue pages.

Citable as:  Embury, O.; Carrea, L.; Woolway, R.I. (2019): EUSTACE / CCI: Global clear-sky sea surface temperature from the (A)ATSR series at 0.25 degrees with estimates of uncertainty components, v1.2, 1991-2012. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 08 April 2019. doi:10.5285/b8285969426a4e00b7481434291ad603.
Abbreviation: Not defined


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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:

The Sea Surface Temperature data were originally retrieved from the (A)ATSR series of satellite instruments in the context of the European Space Agency Climate Change Initiative product.

Data are provided and archived for the EU EUSTACE project, which has received funding by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and inovation programme under grant agreement no 640171.

Data Quality:
Data are as provided by the project team
File Format:
Data are in NetCDF format

Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: Envisat
Mobile Platform Operation 2 Mobile Platform Operation for: ERS-1
Mobile Platform Operation 3 Mobile Platform Operation for: ERS-2

Computation Element: 1

Title CCI SST Processor
Abstract This computation involved: CCI SST Processor. This processor was developed in the ESA Climate Change Initiative, Sea Surface Temperature Project
Input Description None
Output Description None
Software Reference None
Output Description


  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: SSES standard deviation
  • var_id: sses_standard_deviation
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: Total uncertainty in sea_surface_temperature_depth
  • var_id: sst_depth_total_uncertainty
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: Uncertainty from errors likely to be correlated over large scales
  • var_id: large_scale_correlated_uncertainty
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: Uncertainty from errors likely to be correlated over synoptic scales
  • var_id: synoptically_correlated_uncertainty
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: Uncertainty from errors unlikely to be correlated between SSTs
  • var_id: uncorrelated_uncertainty
  • var_id: quality_level
  • long_name: quality level of SST pixel
  • units: kelvin
  • long_name: sea surface skin temperature
  • standard_name: sea_surface_skin_temperature
  • var_id: sea_surface_temperature
  • units: kelvin
  • standard_name: sea_water_temperature
  • long_name: sea surface temperature at 0.2 m
  • var_id: sea_surface_temperature_depth

Co-ordinate Variables

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