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Reynolds Monthly Climatology: COADS (1950-1979) and(Non-Pathfinder) AVHRR (1982-1993) data used for the NOAA operational global SST analysis project
Entry ID: Reynolds_Climatology_URI

Abstract: This climatology is an optimally-interpolated and blended SST
analysis (Reynolds and Smith 1995). It is resolved to one degree,
and is based on 30 years of COADS data spanning 1950-1979 and AVHRR
retrievals between 1982 and 1993. It is important to note that the
AVHRR SST used in the Reynolds analysis is not Pathfinder AVHRR
SST, but rather satellite-derived SST determined using the
operational MCSST algorithm. The base period of the Reynolds
climatology is adjusted to 1950-1979 wherever sufficient in situ
data are available. This climatology was created for use in the
NOAA operational global SST analysis (Reynolds and Smith 1994).

The original Reynolds SST climatology is available from NOAA,
Climate Diagnostics Center.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Reynolds, R., and T. Smith
Dataset Title: Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature Analysis
Dataset Series Name: Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature Analysis
Dataset Release Place: Camp Springs, MD
Dataset Publisher: NCEP/NWS/NOAA
Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1950-01-01
Stop Date: 1979-12-31

Start Date: 1982-01-01
Stop Date: 1993-12-31
Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: monthly
Data Center
Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 401-874-6507
Fax: 401-874-6728
Email: rwatts at
Contact Address:
Graduate School of Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
South Ferry Road
City: Narragansett
Province or State: RI
Postal Code: 02882
Country: USA
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-08-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-08