CoRTAD: Coral Reef Temperature Anomaly Database (SST)

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CoRTAD: Coral Reef Temperature Anomaly Database (SST)
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"The Coral Reef Temperature Anomaly Database (CoRTAD) is a collection of sea surface temperature (SST) and related thermal stress metrics, developed specifically for coral reef ecosystem applications but relevant to other ecosystems as well. In addition to SST, it contains SST anomaly (SSTA, weekly SST minus weekly climatological SST), thermal stress anomaly (TSA, weekly SST minus the maximum weekly climatological SST), SSTA Degree Heating Week (SSTA_DHW, sum of previous 12 weeks when SSTA >= 1 degree C), SSTA Frequency (number of times over previous 52 weeks that SSTA >= 1 degree C), TSA DHW (TSA_DHW, also known as a Degree Heating Week, sum of previous 12 weeks when TSA >= 1 degree C),and TSA Frequency (number of times over previous 52 weeks that TSA >= 1 degree C).

To provide SST data and related thermal stress parameters with good temporal consistency, high accuracy, and fine spatial resolution. The CoRTAD is intended primarily for climate and ecosystem related applications and studies and was designed specifically to address questions concerning the relationship between coral disease and bleaching and temperature stress."

Key Strengths

Key Strengths

Targeted at questions concerning the relationship between coral disease and bleaching and temperature stress

Dataset is 'tiled' to allow smaller datasets.

Each tile containing the entire time series for the region.

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Dataset DOIs
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Hosted Climate Index Files
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Usage Restrictions
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Key Figures

Climate Data Guide Image: CoRTAD

Map illustrating CoRTAD tile identifiers (downloaded from http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/SatelliteData/cortad/TileMap.jpg)

Other Information

Earth system components and main variables
Type of data product
Dataset collections
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Years of record
to
Data time period extended
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Timestep
Weekly
Domain
Formats:
Input Data

AVHRR-GHC (satellite data)

Vertical Levels:
Missing Data Flag
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Ocean or Land
Ocean Only
Spatial Resolution

4km

Model Resolution (reanalysis)
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Data Assimilation Method
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Model Vintage (reanalysis)
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