Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature (ERSST)

The NOAA Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature (ERSST) dataset is an SST analysis derived from the International Comprehensive Ocean–Atmosphere Dataset (ICOADS, http://icoads.noaa.gov/).

A number of versions of the ERSST dataset have been released, with each incorporating additional ICOADS datasets and improved statistical methods.

ERSST v5

General Information

  • Latest version of ERSST released
  • Spatially complete, missing data filled in using statistical methods.
  • Temporal coverage = 1854-present
  • Temporal resolution = Monthly means
  • Spatial coverage = Global
  • Spatial resolution = 2 x 2 degrees
  • Anomalies are computed with respect to 1971-2000 monthly climatology.

Documentation

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/marineocean-data/extended-reconstructed-sea-surface-temperature-ersst-v5

Huang, B., Peter W. Thorne, et. al, 2017: Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature version 5 (ERSSTv5), Upgrades, validations, and intercomparisons. J. Climate

ERSST v4

ERSST v3b

General Information

  • Not spatially complete (unlike v4 and v5), it is instead tuned to exclude under sampled regions.
  • As of version 3b, no satellite data is used in the ERSST analysis.
  • Temporal coverage = 1854-present
  • Temporal resolution = Monthly means
  • Spatial coverage = Global
  • Spatial resolution = 2 x 2 degrees
  • Anomalies are computed with respect to 1971-2000 monthly climatology.

Documentation

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/marineocean-data/extended-reconstructed-sea-surface-temperature-ersst-v3b

Smith, T.M., R.W. Reynolds, T.C. Peterson, and J. Lawrimore, 2008: Improvements to NOAA’s historical merged land–ocean temperature analysis (1880–2006). Journal of Climate21, 2283–2296. 

Xue, Y., T.M. Smith, and R.W. Reynolds, 2003: Interdecadal changes of 30-Yr SST normals during 1871–2000. Journal of Climate16, 1601–1612

ERSST v3

General Information

  • Identical to v3b, with the addition of satellite data.

For more details on the ERSST dataset, please see:

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/marineocean-data/extended-reconstructed-sea-surface-temperature-ersst

NOAA_ERSST_V4 data provided by the NOAA/OAR/ESRL PSD, Boulder, Colorado, USA, from their Web site at http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/

ERSST Data at the IACDC

Information on what ERSST data is readily available for download at the IACDC can be found at the bottom of this page.

Should you require data not currently available, please contact us through our contact us page. We will be happy to download it and have it stored temporarily with us.

Alternatively data can be downloaded from https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.noaa.ersst.v4.html

Listing of ERSST Data Available at the IACDC

Version Product Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Spatial Coverage Time Span
ERSST v4 tos 2.0˚ Omon [88.0S – 88.0N],[ 0E – 358E] 01/1854-12/2016

Citation

Citing ERSST data

ERSST data used must be properly cited

References