How does ocean temperature vary across the Oceanic Shoals CMR and beyond?

Sea surface temperature is the measure of how hot or corld the water in the ocean is at a given time and place.  Ocean organisms have adapted to certain levels of sea temperature and can be harmed if the water is too much warmer or colder than normal (for example, this can cause coral reefs to bleach).  Satellite data such as MODIS can be used to measure surface temperature across the world's oceans on a regular basis.  A repository of sea surface temperature data is available through MARSPEC (Ocean Climate Layers for Marine Spatial Ecology).  

Use the interactive map below to view various measures of sea surface temperature from MARSPEC within the Oceanic Shoals CMR and beyond.  Click on the icon with four arrows at the top left of the map to see a full screen version.  Then, you can choose which measure of sea surface temperature you would like to view.

 

How to use the map

 Click on this icon at the top left of the map to see a full screen version.

   Click on this icon also at the top left of the map to zoom in closer to (+ ) or further from (-) the map.