Consequences of sea surface temperature variability on the validation and applications of satellite measurements

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Abstract

Sea surface temperature (SST) measurements from both spaceborne and in situ sensors are analyzed to determine likely temperature differences that can arise between two measurements separated in space and time. It is shown that spatial separations of about 10km and time intervals of about 2 hours can introduce rms differences of 0.2 K into the error budget of a satellite validation data set, this being an upper limit for the meaningful validation of current infrared radiometers. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18,475-18,489
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume96
Issue numberC10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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