Topic Media - Archived

How Warm are the Seas Today?

Description

Global sea surface temperature

Caption

This image shows the current temperature of the surface water of the Earth's oceans and seas. Purple and blue areas indicate colder waters, while orange and red areas are warmer. Notice how the warmer waters usually occur near the equator, where the sunlight is most intense. Sea surface temperature has significant effects on things like the weather and ocean productivity.

Credit

NOAA National Climatic Data Center

Topic Filename Media Filename

latest/avhrr_sst_130831.top

latest/FS_km5000.gif

Source URL Media - Source

http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/sst/fields/FS_km5000.gif

More Info URL

http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/ocean/sst/anal_fields.html