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MSG Sea Surface Temperature Products

The Center for Satellite Applications and Research, within NESDIS, generates a matchup database for validation of the MSG-SST retrieval algorithms. This is important for the maintenance and improvement of the MSG-SST products.

The global drifting buoys and the TOGA TAO moored buoy array are matched with MSG-SST retrievals within one hour and 5 km. The buoys are quality controlled using the Reynolds.s Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature (OISST) Analysis and NCEP Atmospheric Analysis Fields before being matched with the MSG-SST retrievals. Matchup files are stored in the NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) for user access.