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Global Ocean Surface Temperature Atlas (GOSTA), and Land Surface Atlas

| DOI: 10.5065/0HWV-JV68

This historical dataset is recommended for ancillary use only and not as a primary research dataset. It has likely been superseded by a newer, improved dataset.


GOSTAplus (Atlas 8) and the Blended Land Surface and SST Atlas were taked from the GOSTAplus CDROM received at NCAR February 1998. The period of record for these grids is 1851-1995.

The sea and land surface temperature portions of this data collection, which span 1856 to 1995, have in general been superseded by continued developments of HadISST (DS277.3) , and Jones' Monthly Global Surface Temperature (DS215.0) .

Temporal Range:
1851 to 1995
Air Temperature Heat Flux Longwave Radiation Sea Surface Temperature
Shortwave Radiation
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Temporal Frequencies:
Every month (Mean) , Monthly Climatology
Data Types:
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=180W Easternmost=180E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=90S Northernmost=90N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Met Office, Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom
Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Parker, D.E., C.K. Folland and M. Jackson, 1995: Marine surface temperature: observed variations and data requirements Climate Change, 31, 559-600.

Parker, D.E. and C.K. Folland, 1995: Correction of instrumental biases in historical sea surface temperature data Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 121, 319-367.

Parker, D.E., P.D. Jones, C.K. Folland and A. Bevan, 1994: Interdecadal changes of surface temperature since the late nineteenth century J. Geophys. Res., 99, 14373-14399.

Jones, P.D., 1994: Hemispheric Surface Air Temperature Variations: A Reanalysis and an Update to 1993 J. Climate, 7(11), 1794-1802.

Total Volume:
125.14 MB
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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