Sea-surface temperature from Suomi-NPP VIIRS: Algorithm development and uncertainty estimation

Peter J. Minnett, Robert H. Evans, Guillermo P. Podestá, Katherine A. Kilpatrick

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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi-NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite is the first of a new series of imaging radiometers on polar-orbiting earth-observation satellites. In addition to providing real-time data for weather and ocean forecasting, VIIRS is intended to continue the measurements of MODIS (MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer), including contributing to the Climate Data Record of Sea-Surface Temperature (SST). To achieve this objective requires a thorough assessment of the errors and uncertainties in the VIIRS SST retrievals. The results of comparisons with a range of independent measurements of SST indicate that the VIIRS SSTs have equal or better accuracies than those of the MODIS's on Terra and Aqua, and that the VIIRS SSTs are suitable to extend the satellite-derived Climate Data Records of SST into the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOcean Sensing and Monitoring VI
ISBN (Print)9781628410488
StatePublished - 2014
EventOcean Sensing and Monitoring VI - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: May 6 2014May 7 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherOcean Sensing and Monitoring VI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD


  • Climate Data Records
  • Sea-Surface Temperature
  • atmospheric correction algorithm
  • infrared remote sensing
  • satellite oceanography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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