Here we offer level-3 data of the SST based on MODIS collection 6 data from the v2014.0 reprocessing.
Similar to AVHRR, MODIS data can be used to retrieve sea surface temperatures (SST). Briefly, radiative transfer theory is used to correct for the effects of the atmosphere on the observations by utilizing "windows" of the electromagnetic spectrum where little or no atmospheric absorption occurs like (for MODIS) channels 31 & 32. Channel radiances are transformed (through the use of the Planck function) to units of temperature, then compared to a-priori (in situ) temperatures for algorithm development. Adjustments to skin temperature are made through comparisons with in situ radiometer measurements. More information is given in the documents listed in the references
Principally, we offer SST data from MODIS sensors aboard both EOS-AQUA and EOS-TERRA satellites; currently we do have online only the data from EOS-TERRA, though.
The data offered here are based on MODIS Collection C006 data and and the reprocessing v2014.0 [Attention: The global attributes of the netCDF-files point to collection C005; this is wrong].
Last data set update at ICDC: October 20, 2017.