A decade of sea surface temperature from MODIS

K. A. Kilpatrick, Guillermo P Podesta, S. Walsh, E. Williams, V. Halliwell, M. Szczodrak, O. B. Brown, Peter J Minnett, R. Evans

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Abstract

The MODIS (MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers) on the Terra and Aqua satellites, both part of NASA's Earth Observing System, have each been providing high quality global sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) for over a decade. The ability to retrieve accurate SST from satellites is dependent on many factors including spectral response, radiometer noise, pre-launch instrument characterization and in flight behavior, calibration, viewing geometry, cloud screening and correction of the clear-sky atmospheric effects. We present a characterization of both the historical and current MODIS SST products, and we describe the evolution of, and motivation for, improvements in MODIS SST for each Collection released to the public, i.e., each radiance level mission data reprocessing, each driven by improved knowledge of the instrument behavior and better corrections for instrumental artifacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-41
Number of pages15
JournalRemote Sensing of Environment
Volume165
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

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moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer
MODIS
surface temperature
sea surface temperature
Imaging techniques
Earth Observing System
Satellites
flight behavior
Aqua (satellite)
Terra (satellite)
Temperature
radiometers
EOS
Radiometers
clear sky
radiance
radiometer
NASA
artifact
Screening

Keywords

  • Calibration
  • MODIS
  • Sea surface temperature
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Soil Science
  • Geology

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Kilpatrick, K. A., Podesta, G. P., Walsh, S., Williams, E., Halliwell, V., Szczodrak, M., ... Evans, R. (2015). A decade of sea surface temperature from MODIS. Remote Sensing of Environment, 165, 27-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.023

A decade of sea surface temperature from MODIS. / Kilpatrick, K. A.; Podesta, Guillermo P; Walsh, S.; Williams, E.; Halliwell, V.; Szczodrak, M.; Brown, O. B.; Minnett, Peter J; Evans, R.

In: Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 165, 01.08.2015, p. 27-41.

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Kilpatrick, KA, Podesta, GP, Walsh, S, Williams, E, Halliwell, V, Szczodrak, M, Brown, OB, Minnett, PJ & Evans, R 2015, 'A decade of sea surface temperature from MODIS', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 165, pp. 27-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.023
Kilpatrick KA, Podesta GP, Walsh S, Williams E, Halliwell V, Szczodrak M et al. A decade of sea surface temperature from MODIS. Remote Sensing of Environment. 2015 Aug 1;165:27-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.023
Kilpatrick, K. A. ; Podesta, Guillermo P ; Walsh, S. ; Williams, E. ; Halliwell, V. ; Szczodrak, M. ; Brown, O. B. ; Minnett, Peter J ; Evans, R. / A decade of sea surface temperature from MODIS. In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 2015 ; Vol. 165. pp. 27-41.
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