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Global Ocean Surface Temperature Atlas Plus (GOSTAplus)
Publisher: GB/NCAS/BADC > British Atmospheric Data Centre, NERC Centres for Atmospheric Science, United Kingdom  [contact email: BADC AT rl.ac.uk]  [web page]
Summary: The Global Ocean Surface Temperature Atlas Plus (GOSTAplus) contains maps of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) climatologies and anomalies, Night Marine Air temperature climatologies and anomalies and Sea Ice coverage. The data available on the CD-ROM are grouped into four sections: Global Ocean Surface Temperature ATLAS-8, or GOSTA 8, a set of SST data in monthly 1 degree and 5 degree area grids, for 1856 to 1995. ATLAS-7 (or GOSTA 7), an older version of ATLAS-8, with older corrections, covering 1856 to 1991. Global sea-Ice and Sea Surface Temperature Version 2.2, (GISST2.2), monthly 1 deg. grids of ice coverage (GICE) and SST for 1903 to 1994. Blended monthly 5 deg. Sea Surface Temperature and Land Surface Air temperature Anomaly data set for 1851-1995, LANDSST. GOSTAplus is mainly the result of the combination of marine surface temperature data and climatologies from the UK Met Office (UKMO) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The data are stored in Hierarchical Data Format (HDF). Conversion software is available in the HDF Libraries to download and convert the HDF (.hdf) files into ascii (.txt) files. A Unix BINARY (2 bytes) version of this CD-Rom is now separately available, including read software to convert the raw binary files (.RAW) into ascii (.TXT) files. Some Maps on a 5 deg.latitude X longitude grid are stored as (.GIF files)and can be directly viewed using available visualization tools for UNIX and Mac platforms. A 1 deg.latitude X longitude grid is used for selected regions.
Related Link: data access via the GB/NCAS/BADC site
DIF metadata: Original DIF metadata
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