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Detection of sea surface temperature (SST) using AVHRR data in the Gulf of Finland

Lab. of Space Technol., Helsinki Univ. of Technol., Finland
DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2002.1026851 Conference: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2002. IGARSS '02. 2002 IEEE International, Volume: 5
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Presents the detection of sea surface temperature (SST) in the Gulf of Finland using AVHRR data. AVHRR imagery is evaluated as a main data source for monitoring SST as a measure of upwelling dynamics. Sea surface effects (SSE), however, cause a temperature difference between the sea surface skin and water below the surface. Therefore, SSE are taken into account as one of the major error factors in the SST estimation.

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