Sea surface temperature and salinity from French research vessels, 2001–2013

Type Publication
Date 2015
Language English
Copyright This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Author(s) Gaillard FabienneORCID1, Diverres Denis2, Jacquin Stephane2, Gouriou Yves2, Grelet Jacques2, Le Menn Marc3, Tassel Joelle3, Reverdin Gilles4
Affiliation(s) 1 : UBO, Ifremer, UMR 6523, LPO,CNRS,IRD, CS 10070, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Inst Rech Dev, US Imago, BP 70, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
3 : SHOM, CS 92803, F-29228 Brest, France.
4 : UPMC, LOCEAN, Sorbone Univ, CNRS,IRD,MNHN, F-75005 Paris, France.
Source Scientific Data (2052-4463) (Nature Publishing Group), 2015 , Vol. 2 , N. 150054 , P. 1-9
DOI 10.1038/sdata.2015.54
WOS© Times Cited 2
Abstract French Research vessels have been collecting thermo-salinometer (TSG) data since 1999 to contribute to the Global Ocean Surface Underway Data (GOSUD) programme. The instruments are regularly calibrated and continuously monitored. Water samples are taken on a daily basis by the crew and later analysed in the laboratory. We present here the delayed mode processing of the 2001–2013 dataset and an overview of the resulting quality. Salinity measurement error was a few hundredths of a unit or less on the practical salinity scale (PSS), due to careful calibration and instrument maintenance, complemented with a rigorous adjustment on water samples. In a global comparison, these data show excellent agreement with an ARGO-based salinity gridded product. The Sea Surface Salinity and Temperature from French REsearch SHips (SSST-FRESH) dataset is very valuable for the ‘calibration and validation’ of the new satellite observations delivered by the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and Aquarius missions.
Full Text
File Pages Size Access
Publisher's official version 9 2 MB Open access
Top of the page

How to cite 

Gaillard Fabienne, Diverres Denis, Jacquin Stephane, Gouriou Yves, Grelet Jacques, Le Menn Marc, Tassel Joelle, Reverdin Gilles (2015). Sea surface temperature and salinity from French research vessels, 2001–2013. Scientific Data, 2(150054), 1-9. Publisher's official version : http://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2015.54 , Open Access version : http://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00283/39473/