MARCO and MARACOS Produced Monthly Sea Surface Temperature Maps
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), the MARCO Portal Team, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) have partnered to create a series of maps. Average monthly sea surface temperatures are based on 15 years of recent data. The portal is very easy to use and has a wealth of information.
Use the MARACOOS Sea Surface Temperatures Monthly Slider layers, on the left side of the screen selection menu. Select specific layers for all kinds of information. (For further instruction on the Slider and Animation tool, click here.) The information available is incredible and they are adding more and more as this progresses.
MARCOS … “The monthly maps are based on all available one-day composite data collected by NASA’s MODIS Aqua satellite from 2003 through 2017. The maps cover the full East Coast (including portions of Canada), the Gulf of Mexico region and the Great Lakes, and extend from inside of the Atlantic’s major bays and estuaries to the deep sea. Darker blues represent cooler temperatures while the oranges and reds indicate warmer waters.”
This is the first in a group of products coming from this partnership. Sea Surface Temperatures Monthly Slider is the first. These maps will be helpful for long range ocean regional planning. They will be helpful to mariners and commercial fishermen. Other observations and predictions can be found at the MARACOOS Oceans Map