Satellite Ocean Heat Content Suite

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This collection contains an operational Satellite Ocean Heat Content Suite (SOHCS) product generated by NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). The operational algorithm implemented was developed at the University of Miami/Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). The SOHCS product measures the integrated vertical temperature from the sea surface to the depth of the 26°C isotherm. The Algorithm uses a reduced gravity model to estimate the 20 degree isotherm depth based on objectively analyzed blended sea surface height anomaly fields from operational altimeters (Satellite with ARgos and ALtiKa (SARAL), Jason-1, Jason-2 and Cryosat-2) and Geo-Polar blended SST analyses. The data consists of seven parameters including sea surface height anomaly and its mapping error, depth of the 20° and 26° Celsius isotherm, mixed layer depth, ocean heat content and sea surface temperature. The grid spacing of the data in both latitude and longitude is 0.25°.
  • Cite as: Donahue, David; US DOC/NOAA > National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (2015). Satellite Ocean Heat Content Suite. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
gov.noaa.nodc:NESDIS-OHC
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
301-713-3277
NCEI.Info@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Information Services
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
301-713-3277
NCEI.Info@noaa.gov
Time Period 2012-08-27 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 60
S: -50
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map
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Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2015-12-16
  • revision: 2018-09-02
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency As needed
Purpose This product will be used to improve hurricane intensity forecasts and increase lead time warnings for high impact events. It will also provide information about ocean eddies, vertical temperature profiles and sea surface temperature anomalies that may affect coral reefs.
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN HEAT BUDGET > HEAT FLUX
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > THERMOCLINE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > SEA SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Heat Budget
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS > National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Services, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • CRYOSAT-2
  • GOES-13 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13
  • GOES-15 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 15
  • JASON-1
  • METEOSAT-10
  • METOP-B > Meteorological Operational Satellite - B
  • MTSAT-2 > The Multi-functional Transport Satellite 2
  • OSTM/JASON-2
  • SUOMI-NPP > Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • AVHRR > Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
  • GOES-13 Imager
  • MTSAT 1R Imager
  • POSEIDON-2 > JASON-1 RADAR ALTIMETER
  • POSEIDON-3 > JASON-2 RADAR ALTIMETER
  • VIIRS > Visible-Infrared Imager-Radiometer Suite
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN > SEA OF JAPAN
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN > EAST CHINA SEA
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN > SOUTH CHINA SEA
Project keywords eoPortal Satellite Missions Directory
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Donahue, David; US DOC/NOAA > National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (2015). Satellite Ocean Heat Content Suite. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Output Datasets
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • AVHRR
  • GOES Imager
  • MTSAT Imager
  • Poseidon-3 altimeter
  • satellite sensor - altimeter
  • VIIRS
Platform
  • GOES-13
  • GOES-15
  • JASON-1
  • JASON-2
  • Meteosat-10
  • MetOp-B
  • MTSAT-2
  • Suomi NPP
Last Modified: 2018-09-02T01:12:04
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