Global Ocean Heat and Thermospheric Sea Level Change

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Global Ocean Heat and Thermospheric Sea Level Change
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Using updated data from the World Ocean Database (Boyer et al, 2009) and improved ARGO profiling data, new estimates of ocean heat content and thermospheric sea level change (0-2000m) for the period 1955-2010 are derived.

Key Strengths

Key Strengths

Uses data not previously available; bathermographic data corrected for instrumental bias; improved Argo data

Error estimates

Key Limitations

Key Limitations

Individual grid points can be 'noisy.'

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Acknowledgement of any material taken from or knowledge gained from this page is appreciated:

National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds). Last modified "The Climate Data Guide: Global Ocean Heat and Thermospheric Sea Level Change.” Retrieved from https://climatedataguide.ucar.edu/climate-data/global-ocean-heat-and-thermospheric-sea-level-change on 2024-07-21.


Citation of datasets is separate and should be done according to the data providers' instructions. If known to us, data citation instructions are given in the Data Access section, above.


Acknowledgement of the Climate Data Guide project is also appreciated:

Schneider, D. P., C. Deser, J. Fasullo, and K. E. Trenberth, 2013: Climate Data Guide Spurs Discovery and Understanding. Eos Trans. AGU, 94, 121–122, https://doi.org/10.1002/2013eo130001

Key Figures

Climate Data Guide Image: thermospheric sea level change

Vertically integrated thermospheric sea level change for the 3-month period centered on Feb. 2010. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Climate Data Guide Image: time series thermospheric sea level change

Vertically (0-700m) integrated thermospheric sea level change for the Atlantic Basin. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Other Information

Earth system components and main variables
Type of data product
Dataset collections
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Years of record
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Data time period extended
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Timestep
Monthly, Seasonal, Annual
Domain
Formats:
Input Data

bathythermograph, Argo profiler

Vertical Levels:
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Missing Data Flag
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Ocean or Land
Ocean Only
Spatial Resolution
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Model Resolution (reanalysis)
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Data Assimilation Method
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Model Vintage (reanalysis)
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Key Publications
  1. Levitus et al, (2012): World ocean heat content and thermosteric sea level change (0–2000 m), 1955–2010. GRL VOL. 39, L10603
  2. Boyer, T. P., et al. (2009), World Ocean Database 2009, vol. 1, Introduction, NOAA Atlas NESDIS, vol. 66, edited by S. Levitus, 219 pp., NOAA, Silver Spring, Md.
  3. Wijffels, S. A et al (2011): Revisiting Halosteric and Thermosteric Sea-level Rise 1950-2000