Sea Surface Temperature

Satellites Carrying SST Instruments

Satellites Carrying SST Instruments – Click to Enlarge

The Sea Surface Temperature Virtual Constellation (SST-VC) serves as the formal link between the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) and the broader CEOS community. At the highest level, the SST-VC provides a means for CEOS to present its needs and requirements to GHRSST and for GHRSST to present its needs directly to CEOS, the global community of space agencies. In addition, there are several thematic connections between GHRSST and CEOS that take place at the working group level (e.g. between the GHRSST Climate Data Record Technical Advisory Group and the CEOS Working Group on Climate).

GHRSST and the SST-VC have been producing standardized satellite-based sea surface temperature products in netCDF (network Common Data Form) format since 2005.  Datasets are available within 30 days of observation from the GHRSST Global Data Assembly Center at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center, after which they become available indefinitely at the GHRSST Long Term Stewardship and Reanalysis Facility at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Oceanographic Data Center. All GHRSST/SST-VC datasets are also accessible via the CEOS International Directory Network (IDN) and the CEOS-WGISS (Working Group on Information Systems and Services) Integrated Catalog (CWIC).
Please feel free to browse the documents on GHRSST Documents webpage for more information.

Recent Achievements

In November, 2015, we helped organize an opportunity for satellite oceanography data users to meet with and provide feedback to the data providers: a three-day Satellite Oceanography User Workshop focused on satellite-derived products of key oceanographic variables. We worked with the CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democracy (WGCapD) to capture the workshop presentations & discussions on video for future access by data users unable to attend the workshop.  Learn more and access the videos

Contact Us 

Pleas feel free to contact the SST-VC Co-Chairs for more information:

  • Anne O’Carroll (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, EUMETSAT)
  • Kenneth S. Casey (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA)