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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1251

Moderate-Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Data for the Nearshore North Pacific

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Thumbail image for Figure 1, flow chart of data processing steps, and link to full-sized figure. Figure 1. Flowchart detailing the data processing steps taken to convert AVHRR Pathfinder 4 km HDF data into North Pacific nearshore SST data in the form of ESRI GRIDs, ESRI shapefiles, text .csv files, and Access 2003 Databases. The flowchart color scheme emphasizes the relation of a particular input to its processes and outputs by using the same shades. New inputs or inputs derived through the combination of previous outputs have unique colors. Yellow rectangular boxes denote pre-existing (canned) MGET or ArcGIS tools used in processing. The final products marked with star symbols represent the datasets available through this report.
Thumbail image for Figure 2, map of sea surface temperature along the coastlines in the northern Pacific ocean, and link to full-sized figure. Figure 2. Example of a monthly mean SST map (April 2009) of the North Pacific Ocean nearshore region. Resolution is 4 km. The color gradient along the nearshore corresponds to the SSTs at those locations.
Thumbail image for Figure 3, map of marine provinces used in the report, and link to full-sized figure. Figure 3. Map of the four Marine Ecosystem of the World (MEOW) Provinces that comprise the Temperate Northern Pacific and Arctic Realms (Spalding and others, 2007). The Cold Temperate Northeast Pacific includes the Aleutian Islands and the Pacific coast of North America, from Alaska to Southern California. The Warm Temperate Northeast Pacific contains the Baja Region. The Cold Temperate Northwest Pacific includes the Kamchatka coast of the Bering Sea and the Kuril Islands as well as the inland seas of Okhotsk, Japan, and the Yellow Sea, and much of the Japanese coast. Lastly, the Warm Temperate Northwest Pacific encompasses the East China Sea, the south coast of Korea and the Pacific coasts of Kyushu, Shikoku, and part of the Honshu Islands of Japan.

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