Earth  ID: 3192

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly, 2005 (WMS)

The temperature of the surface of the world's oceans provides a clear indication of the state of the Earth's climate and weather. The sea surface temperature anomaly, or difference from the mean, can show climate indicators such as the El Niño oscillation, which manifests as a warmer-than-normal sea surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador and Peru. This sequence shows a slight La Niña effect, or cooler-than-normal sea surface temperature in the eastern Pacific.

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Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Lead Animator
Frank J. Wentz (Remote Sensing Systems): Scientist
Chelle Gentemann (Remote Sensing Systems): Scientist
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Data Used:
Aqua/AMSR-E/Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
2005/01/01 - 2005/07/03
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This item is part of this series:

NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Location >> Global Ocean
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators >> Teleconnections >> El Nino Southern Oscillation

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version