In June 1993, the operational Main Unit Task (MUT) processing of global SST retrievals was
transferred from NOAA/NESDIS to the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), which became the Shared Processing Program (SPP) National Core Processing Center for the
production of global SST retrievals. Details of the NAVAL Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) SST system are explained in
May et al., 1998.
In March 2001, NAVOCEANO implemented a significantly different MCSST processing software design (SEATEMP)
to improve data quantity, data quality, functional performance, data quality monitoring and process monitoring.
Changes to cloud detection and retrieval generation methods resulted in a significant increase to data quantity and quality.
NAVOCEANO operationally produces SSTs from NOAA-18 GAC,
NOAA-19 GAC & LAC, MetOp-A GAC & FRAC, GOES-East and GOES-West.
A 10km gridded SST field is also updated daily with the latest NAVOCEANO SST retrievals and
microwave SST retrievals provided from AMSR-E.
This page analyzes AVHRR GAC SEATEMP SST product generated at the NAVOCEANO. Monitoring SEATEMP data in SQUAM is a joint NAVO-NESDIS effort under the NPOESS Cal/Val and JCSDA Projects.
Four L4 SSTs (daily Reynolds, RTG low and high resolution, and OSTIA) are merged with NAVO SST using Nearest neighbor interpolation (as in MUT SQUAM).
NAVO data are provided with one digit after the decimal point (similar to the original MUT) and used in SQUAM
"as is" (unlike MUT SQUAM where digitization was improved by recalculating SST).