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Average sea surface temperatures in latitude bands: 40-50 deg S, 50-60 deg S, 60 deg S-continent
Entry ID: SOE_sea_surface_temp

Abstract: This indicator is no longer maintained, and is considered OBSOLETE.

Measurements of sea surface temperature in the Southern Ocean. Measurements are averaged over latitude bands: 40-50 deg S, 50-60 deg S, 60 deg S-continent.

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Description: Citation reference for this metadata record and dataset
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -40.0   S: -75.0   E: 170.0   W: 50.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Rintoul, S.
Dataset Title: Average sea surface temperatures in latitude bands: 40-50 deg S, 50-60 deg S, 60 deg S-continent
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2013-07-23
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Version: 1
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1992-01-01
Stop Date: 2002-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 1000 Kilometre(s)
Temporal Resolution: 30 Day(s)
SHIPS Ancillary Description
Quality This indicator is now OBSOLETE. These data are no longer archived in this location, and are therefore not up-to-date.

Temperature varies systematically across the Southern Ocean, as a series of fronts are crossed from north to south. Averaging sea surface values in latitude bands corresponding to each front provides a sensitive indicator of change. Complementary measurements obtained from research cruises and from free-floating profiling floats (e.g. the Argo program) assist in the interpretation of the surface measurements.
Access Constraints The data from this indicator are available for download from the provided URL.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License (

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Data Set Progress
Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 2 kb
Distribution Format: csv
Fees: Free
Phone: +61 3 6232 5393
Fax: +61 3 6232 5123
Email: steve.rintoul at
Contact Address:
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
GPO BOX 1538
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7001
Country: Australia
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-05-18
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-04-11