GHRSST Level 2P Western Pacific Regional Skin Sea Surface Temperature from the Multifunctional Transport Satellite 2 (MTSAT-2) (GDS version 2)

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Short NameMTSAT2-OSPO-L2P-v1.0
DescriptionMulti-functional Transport Satellites (MTSAT) are a series of geostationary weather satellites operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). MTSAT carries an aeronautical mission to assist air navigation, plus a meteorological mission to provide imagery over the Asia-Pacific region for the hemisphere centered on 140 East. The meteorological mission includes an imager giving nominal hourly full Earth disk images in five spectral bands (one visible, four infrared). MTSAT are spin stabilized satellites. With this system images are built up by scanning with a mirror that is tilted in small successive steps from the north pole to south pole at a rate such that on each rotation of the satellite an adjacent strip of the Earth is scanned. It takes about 25 minutes to scan the full Earth's disk. This builds a picture 10,000 pixels for the visible images (1.25 km resolution) and 2,500 pixels (4 km resolution) for the infrared images. The MTSAT-2 (also known as Himawari 7) and its radiometer (MTSAT-2 Imager) was successfully launched on 18 February 2006. For this Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) dataset, skin sea surface temperature (SST) measurements are calculated from the IR channels of the MTSAT-2 Imager full resolution data in satellite projection on a hourly basis by using Bayesian Cloud Mask algorithm at the Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO). L2P datasets including Single Sensor Error Statistics (SSES) are then derived following the GHRSST Data Processing Specification (GDS) version 2.0.
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
Processing Level2P
CoverageRegion: PACIFIC OCEAN
North Bounding Coordinate: 79 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: -80 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: 64 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: 180 degrees
Time Span: 2013-Aug-01 to 2015-Dec-04
Granule Time Span: 2013-Aug-01 to 2015-Dec-04
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 4 km (Along) x 4 km (Across)
ProjectionProjection Type: Satellite native view
Projection Detail: Geolocation information included for each pixel
Ellipsoid: WGS 84
Swath Width12000 km
Name: The Multi-functional Transport Satellite 2 (MTSAT-2)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
MTSAT 2 Imager
Name: Multifunction Transport 2 Imager (MTSAT 2 Imager)
Swath Width: 12000.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ProjectGroup for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST)
Data ProviderPublisher: NOAA/NESDIS
Release Place: Camp Springs, MD (USA)
Release Date: 2014-Nov-17

Keyword(s)GHRSST, sea surface temperature, L2P, sst, surface temperature, GDS2, v1.0, mtsat, mtsat2, ospo
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Citation NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO. 2014. Sea Surface Temperature, 80E-180E and 55S-55N, at 0.036 degree resolution from MTSAT-1R Imager Sectors every 1.0 hour. Ver. 1.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at

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Journal Reference File specification: GHRSST Data Processing Specification v2.0. SST Algorithm: ATBD Baysian Cloud Screening for GOES-12 (NOAA/NESDIS)