Algorithm and validation of sea surface temperature observation using MODIS sensors aboard terra and aqua in the western North Pacific

Kohtaro Hosoda, Hiroshi Murakami, Futoki Sakaida, Hiroshi Kawamura

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Abstract

A regional algorithm to estimate SST fields in the western North Pacific, where small oceanographic disturbance are often found, has been developed using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) aboard Terra and Aqua. Its associated algorithm, which includes cloud screening and SST estimation, is based on an algorithm for the Global Imager (GLI) aboard Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-II (ADEOS-II) and is tuned for MODIS sensors. For atmospheric correction, we compare Multi-Channel SST (MCSST), Nonlinear SST (NLSST), Water Vapor SST (WVSST) and Quadratic SST (QDSST) techniques. For NLSST, four first-guess SSTs are investigated, including the values for MCSST, climatology with two different spatial resolutions, and near-real-time objective analysis. The results show that the NLSST method using high-resolution climatological SST as a first-guess has both good quality and high efficiency. The differences of root-mean-square error (RMSE) between the NLSST models using low-resolution climatology and those using high-resolution climatology are up to 0.25 K. RMSEs of the new algorithm are 0.70 K/0.65 K for daytime (Aqua/Terra) and 0.65 K/0.66 K for nighttime, respectively. Diurnal warming and the stratification of the ocean surface layer under low wind are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-280
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Oceanography
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Infrared SST
  • Satellite observation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography

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