Examination of the merged sea surface temperature using wavelet analysis

Kohtaro Hosoda, Hiroshi Kawamura

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In the previous study, merged sea surface temperature (SST) dataset called "New Generation SST" has been produced from several infrared and microwave satellite SSTs through an objective mapping. Here we examine the merged SST by comparison with moored buoy SST at 1 m depth, which is treated as true sea surface temperature. Comparison between wavelet spectra of merged and buoy SSTs shows that the former have larger amplitudes than those of the latter, which is partly explained as an aliasing effect due to TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) aboard Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) sampling on merged products. Coherency between wavelet-decomposed merged and buoy SSTs has high values in autumn and low ones in winter to spring. In winter, phase differences between them are positive, meaning that wavelet components of merged SST lag those of buoy SST. Reasons for delay and low coherency are: (1) seasonal components of merged SSTs are strongly affected by a lack of infrared SSTs due to clouds in winter, and (2) small-scale oceanic features, undetectable by coarse-resolution microwave SSTs, are blurred by the merging process. Improvements of merging methodology are discussed with regard to present study results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-852
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Oceanography
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1


  • Kuroshio recirculation region
  • Merged SST
  • Satellite SST
  • Wavelet analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography


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