Health and Environmental Effects Research
WED Scientists Contribute to Joint Agency Database of Satellite-Sensed Nearshore SSTs
Nearshore sea surface temperature (SST) is critically important because it can influence the distribution, migration, and invasion of marine species in the coastal region. SSTs are expected to be affected by climate change, with potential impacts to present species distributions. Recent research at EPA’s Western Ecology Division (WED), in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, synthesized a 29-year nearshore time series of mean monthly SSTs along the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans using remotely sensed satellite data collected with the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instrument. These data were used to describe nearshore (<20 km offshore) SST patterns in North Pacific and Arctic ecoregions. The database provides an important baseline for evaluating future SST changes in these sensitive areas. The scientific paper, technical reports, and database are available for download at the URLs provided below.