Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas

Remotely Sensed Sea Surface Temperature

Remotely Sensed Sea Surface Temperatures - Climatological Average

4 km NCEI/RSMAS AVHRR Pathfinder Version 5 data from 1982 to 2009 were used to depict the annual and seasonal climatological average sea surface temperatures (SSTs). From five-day periods throughout the course of an "average" year for a given season, an annual average was calculated. For the seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall), climatological average SSTs were produced. To make a seasonal climatological average, the mean SSTs for January 1-5, January 6-10, and so on, are calculated. The mean SST derived from the 5-day periods in each season from 1982 through 2009 are then averaged. Data from the Version 5.0 and 5.1 Pathfinder data with quality flag values of 4 through 7 ("good" through "best" quality) are used in the averages. Measurements are in degrees Celsius. Seasons are as follows: Fall (October - December), Winter (January - March), Spring (April - June), Summer (July - September).

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Remotely Sensed Sea Surface Temperatures Climatological Average Atlas Dataset

CMECS Temperature Subcomponent

Seasonal five year means, as estimated from MODIS/Aqua satellite imagery, for sea surface temperature in northern Gulf of Mexico. MODIS-Aqua satellite imagery from January 2005 - December 2009 was used to calculate sea-surface temperatures using standard NASA processing algorithms. In situ data from the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) program were overlaid on the modeled data. Both the satellite data and the SEAMAP data were then reclassified into Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) Water Column component categories. The CMECS is a catalog of terms that provides a means for classifying ecological units using a simple, standard format and common terminology. CMECS offers a way to organize and interpret data about the marine environment, and it provides a common platform for inter-relating data. Measurements are in degrees Celsius. Seasons are as follows: Fall (October - December), Winter (January - March), Spring (April - June), Summer (July - September).

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CMECS Temperature Subcomponent Atlas Dataset

CMECS Water Column Temperature Change

Seasonal five year means, as derived from reanalysis of the Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (NRL/SSC) Intra-Americas Sea Ocean Nowcast/Forecast System (IASNFS), of temperature differences (temperature at the surface and at bottom layer or to 100 meters depth) in northern Gulf of Mexico. In situ data from the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) program were overlaid on the modeled data. Both the modeled data and the SEAMAP data were then reclassified into Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) categories. The CMECS is a catalog of terms that provides a means for classifying ecological units using a simple, standard format and common terminology. CMECS offers a way to organize and interpret data about the marine environment, and it provides a common platform for inter-relating data. Measurements are in degrees Celsius. Seasons are as follows: Fall (October - December), Winter (January - March), Spring (April - June), Summer (July - September).

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CMECS Water Column Temperature Change Atlas Dataset