The map on the left depicts the latest remotely sensed sea surface temperature data for the region as estimated by the Multi-scale Ultra-high Resolution (MUR) SST analysis issued by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In our region and in most parts of the global ocean SST has steadily increased over the last decades impacting ecosystems and driving sea level rise.
On the right hand side menu you can access additional products including:
SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE ANOMALY: an estimate of the sea surface temperature anomaly (the difference between what is measured and the historic temperature average for the date and location) issued by NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Program.
GLIDERS: the ocean’s subsurface temperature and salinity anomaly measured using Seaglider autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV’s) jointly operated by CARICOOS and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorology Laboratory.
ATMOSPHERIC CO2: Here you can see the changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration. It also reports the atmospheric concentration of CO2, a major driver for climate variability, measured aboard the MAPCO2 buoy in La Parguera. The buoy is operated by CARICOOS and NOAA’s PMEL as part of NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Monitoring Program. Observations in the Mauna Loa Observatory are included.
SEA LEVEL RISE: The sea level rise tab links to a graphical interface, published by the Digital Coast Partnership (NOAA Office for Coastal Management), where you can see the land areas to be covered by ocean under various sea level increase scenarios.
AEROSOLS: The aerosol product shows the Sahara Air Layer as it flows across the Atlantic often carrying dust from the African Sahel (Sahara) into the Caribbean region. This product is issued by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies University of Winsconsin-Madison. Imagery is provided by the CIMMS tropical cyclones web page.