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The production of many operational sea surface temperature products emphasise its input to meteorological forecasting models. In addition it is a key element in the understanding of major events such as La Ninã.

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11 July 2012

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Some satellites carry instruments that provide measurements of the surface temperature of oceans and seas - like a thermometer in the sky. Scientists met recently to review data from new satellite missions and scientific progress in the field.

Measuring the sea-surface temperature (SST) across regional and global scales is important for improving weather and ocean forecasting and climate change research.

Satellites provide a consistent and global view of SST at high resolution.

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