Sea surface temperature is defined as the average temperature of the top few millimeters of the ocean. Sea surface temperature monitoring tells us how the ocean and atmosphere interact, as well as providing fundamental data on the global climate system
Description of time series:
The time series shows the integrated sea surface temperature for Alaska’s Eastern Bering Sea region. During the last five years there has been no notable trend and values have remained within the 10th and 90th percentiles of all observed data in the time series.
Description of gauge:
The gauge value of 92 indicates that the mean sea surface temperature between 2016 and 2020 for the Eastern Bering Sea region was higher than 92% of the temperatures between 1982 and 2017.
Indicator and source information:
The SST data were accessed from (https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oisst). The data are plotted in degrees Celsius.
Data background and limitations:
To compensate for platform differences and sensor biases, satellite and ship observations are referenced to buoys. These data are NOAA 1/4° Daily Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature (version 2.1). Measurements of SST served through this portal incorporate data obtained from various platforms such as satellites, buoys, Argo floats, and ships.