ATSR sea surface temperature data in a global analysis with TOPEX/POSEIDON altimetry

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Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) data from the ERS 1 satellite mission are used in a global analysis of the surface temperature of the oceans. The data are the low resolution 0.5 degrees by 0.5 degrees average temperatures and cover about 24 months. At global scales a significant seasonal variability is found. On each of the hemispheres the surface temperatures reach their maximum after summer heating. The seasonal sea level variability, as observed from TOPEX/POSEIDON, reaches its maximum 1.1-1.4 months later.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)821-824
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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