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Hosoda, K; Qin, HL (2011). Algorithm for estimating sea surface temperatures based on Aqua/MODIS global ocean data. 1. Development and validation of the algorithm. JOURNAL OF OCEANOGRAPHY, 67(1), 135-145.

An algorithm for estimating global sea surface temperatures (SST) from data obtained from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite has been developed empirically. Four atmospheric correction models for MODIS observations are examined, and the effects of ancillary data for corrections are discussed. A nonlinear (NLSST) model using high-temporal-resolution climatological SSTs as the first guess shows high accuracy and availability. The addition of a temperature-proportional term to the NLSST model effectively improves the estimate.



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