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NOAA CoastWatch creates these co-gridded VIIRS SST Level 3 daily composites to be compatible in format and projection with the VIIRS Ocean Color Level 3 daily composites.  The input for these CoastWatch Sector SST files is daily, near real time ACSPO SST for VIIRS.

These SST products are intended for users who seek VIIRS ACSPO SST data coregisterd with CoastWatch ocean color data from VIIRS and are not the NOAA operational L3U ACSPO products. The CoastWatch co-gridded products are available in regional Sectors at full 750 meter VIIRS resolution and as global products at 4 km resolution.  The regional products consist of 24 sectors (see Sector map below) mapped identically to the VIIRS ocean color sectors, and polar stereographic regions NP06 and SP06 mapped identically to the CoastWatch VIIRS ice products.  The 4 km global product is also mapped identically to the corresponding CoastWatch VIIRS ocean color product.

Map of CoastWatch regional sectors

These products start with the operational ACSPO L2P product (in the canonical ten-minute granule form), ingest that for CoastWatch processing, and then georegister and mask those granule-level products.  The mask applied is 0xC002.That rejects pixels flagged 0x40, 0x80, and 0xC0 (anything but confident clear) and pixels flagged 0x02 (land).  The L3 masked granule products are aggregated to a daily product on the same grid on the basis of the last pixel seen.  The 4 km global product is created by averaging the non-null values for the pixels of the daily sector maps in a 5x5 grid.

Note: CoastWatch also distributes a gap-filled polar plus geosynchronous blended daily SST analysis product suite at 5 km resolution.

 

KeyDescription
Platform/Sensor

S-NPP / VIIRS and

NOAA-20 / VIIRS

Measurement/Products

Measurement Oceans > Sea Surface Temperature > Sub-skin SST

Produced from ACSPO L2p SST

Short Name

CW Sector SST

Sample Filename

VSSTNCW_C2019142_C8_083001_084000_101001_102001_115000_120000_133001_134000_UX00_mixed_seasurfacetemperature.nc

Processing Level

Level-3 mapped

Spatial Coverage

Global in 24 CoastWatch Sectors (24 separate files at nominal 750 m resolution) 

Global 4 km (in 1 file)

Temporal Coverage

Daily

Latency

~12-24 h

Resolution

Global in 24 CoastWatch Sectors (24 separate files at nominal 750 m resolution) 

Global 4 km (in 1 file)

Projection

Geographic

Data Provider

NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/ SST Science Team

Formats

NetCDF

Keywords

co-gridded, VIIRS, SST, ACSPO

Keywords (Beta)