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Global sea-Ice and Sea Surface Temperature (GISST2.3b) anomalies (1871-2003)

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2003-03-19
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-02-02
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 152 Files | 687MB


GISST, (Global sea-Ice and Sea Surface Temperature) is a gridded dataset of sea-surface temperature anomalies and sea-ice coverage fractions covering the period 1871-2003.

GISST was originally developed as an extention to MOHSST that provided a globally complete SST analysis and sea-ice data. This is required to drive atmospheric general circulation models.

GISST has now been superceeded by HadISST. We now recommend use of HadISST instead of GISST for all purposes. GISST is only still available in case it is needed for direct comparison with earlier work where GISST was used. GISST is no longer updated or developed.

GISST SSTs are based on the in-situ data set MOHSST, infilled using Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) interpolation.

The current version of the dataset is GISST 2.3B which was provided by the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Citable as:  Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research (2007): Global sea-Ice and Sea Surface Temperature (GISST2.3b) anomalies (1871-2003). NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: GOSTA-GISST2.3B
Keywords: Met Office, GICE, GISST, SST, Ice, Blended, Land, climate


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Data lineage:

Data files acquired by the BADC from the Met Office Hadley Centre in 2000.

Data Quality:
Data quality controlled by the Met Office. See documentation provided.
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Process overview

This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

GISST2.3b sea surface temperature data processing deployed on Met Office Hadley Centre Computers


This computation involved: GISST2.3b sea surface temperature data processing deployed on Met Office Hadley Centre Computers. Process used to create the GISST2.3b dataset.

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  • long_name: Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies
  • names: Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

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