The Sea Surface Temperature (SST) project of the European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Programme aims to make climate data records for SST longer, more stable and more accurate, providing data users with different forms of data and documentation.


The project team is working on the following aspects of SST:

The latest version of our climate data record for SST is version 2, which goes back to 1981. We are now within “CCI+” working on version 3, which will particularly improve the data record in the 1980s and 1990s.

Our unique climate data record of SST enables climate model testing, climate model development, and historical NWP re-analyses. We are always willing to work with users on making the most of the data set and understanding its strengths and weakness for their application. You can contact us via Chris Merchant, Science Leader, University of Reading.