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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2023: Seasonal Mean SST images of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary,

Item Identification

Title: Seasonal Mean SST images of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Short Name: Stellwagen_SST_seasonal_mean
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2005

Average seasonal sea surface temperatures Naming Convention: XXXX_SSSYYYY_SST.tif XXXX=location (Stell) SSS=season (FAL=fall, SPR=spring, SUM=summer, WIN=winter) YYYY=year Example filename: Stell_FAL1985_SST.tif


To provide a SST product that can be used for multiple applications and viewable using multiple software packages.




Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Environmental Monitoring
None Sea surface temperature
None Seasonal averages

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Stellwagen

Physical Location

Organization: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Note:

dependent upon data availability

Data Presentation Form: geotif
Distribution Liability:

These data were prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, make any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. Any views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof. Although all data have been used by NOAA, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by NOAA in the use of these data or related materials.NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA can not assume liability for and damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 460549
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:


CC ID: 460551
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 460552
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 460550
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Principal Investigator

CC ID: 460553
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Costa, Bryan
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 460556
W° Bound: -72.195988
E° Bound: -65.013835
N° Bound: 45.46229
S° Bound: 39.482066

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 460555
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1985-01
End: 2004-12

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Grid: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Please contact the Stellwagen Banks NMS Research Coordinator for additional information on data access (;

Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:




CC ID: 460548
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 460563
Activity Date/Time: 2013-01-24

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 460562
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 577360
Activity Date/Time: 2017-08-14

Partial upload of Maintenance Note field only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 585564
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 600747
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Data Quality

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:




Pathfinder 4km HDF files

CC ID: 600748
Contact Name: NOAA
Publish Date: 2004-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1985-01
Extent End Date/Time: 2004-12
Source Contribution:

These global monthly SST HDF files were used to create GeoTif files ofspecified region. | Source Geospatial Form: unregistered | Type of Source Media: Pathfinder 4km HDF files

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 600749

The global unprojected Pathfinder SST files were received in 4km resolution.They were subset to the US and then assigned proper geofererencing coordinates.The images were reprojected, resampled down to 1.1km resolution, and subset againfor the final geotif output currently available. Software used was PCI Geomatica9.0 and EASI programming. The final Geotif files are 8 bit files. In orderto get SST (in degrees Celsius)from the 8 bit numbers the following equationshould be applied:SST (deg C) = ((8bit# * 0.15) + (-3.0))An EASI program was run on the output GeoTif files to create seasonal meansfrom the monthly SST data using the following months:Winter= December (of the previous year), January, February (of the following year)(Example: Winter 1985 = December 1984, January 1985, February 1985)Fall= September, October, NovemberSpring= March, April, MaySummer= June, July, August

Process Date/Time: 2005-01-01 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 39211
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:39211
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 12:51+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2017-11-09
Owner Org: NCCOS
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2017-11-09
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2018-11-09