Report of the

U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank

Science Meeting

18 - 20 November 2003, Rhode Island


Cover Page




Presentation Abstracts

Poster Presentations

Appendix I: Agenda

Appendix II: List of Participants

Appendix III: List of Planned Publications

High-Resolution Monthly Mean Sea Surface Temperature Fields for the Western North Atlantic Ocean Produced Using the NASA/NOAA Pathfinder Algorithm

Brunner, A-M1, J.M. Mesias1, and J.J. Bisagni1
1School for Marine Science and Technology and Physics Department, University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, MA 02747

Availability of fifteen years (1985-1999) of declouded Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data from NOAA's polar-orbiting satellites, processed using the NASA/NOAA Pathfinder sea surface temperature (SST) algorithm, have produced high-quality SST products that are useful for climate studies. However, products available from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been limited to 54 km, 18 km, and 9 km resolution. Quality, high-resolution SST products are now available through application of the Pathfinder SST algorithm to full-resolution (1.1 km) AVHRR data by researchers located at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO). Through collaboration with URI/GSO, we have produced high-resolution (1.2 km) monthly-mean SST fields for a large domain located between 30 and 56 degrees North latitude and 41 to 78 degress West longitude in the western North Atlantic. Analysis of monthly-mean SST fields over the 15-year period will enable both basin-scale and localized studies of SST changes related to climate variability over the continental shelf and slope, and within Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, respectively.