A really fast introduction to NOAA's new "Pause-Buster 2" knowledge set ERSST.v5

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I shall be releasing my month-to-month articles on international floor temperature (Earth + Ocean) and low troposphere anomalies on my ClimateObservations weblog and WattsUpWithThat once more. Since my final replace, in December 2015, NOAA has as soon as once more revised its prolonged sea floor temperature dataset, from ERSST.v4 model of "PAUSE-BUSTER" to ERSST.v5, the latter being appropriately certified as "NOAA BREAK". -BUSTER 2 "sea floor temperature knowledge.

Since NOAA NCEI and GISS at the moment are utilizing the brand new NOAA ERSST.v5 knowledge of their international ocean floor temperature anomaly merchandise, let's check out this new NOAA knowledge set ERSST. This can be a fast introduction with solely two comparability charts. I’ll broaden the evaluation of recent knowledge ERSST.v5 "Pause-Buster 2" sooner or later.

A number of years in the past, we examined NOAA's ERSST.v4 break knowledge in a sequence of six articles, that are summarized and linked within the final two articles of the sequence:

The brand new sea floor temperature knowledge ERSST.v5 "Pause-Buster 2" are corroborated by the September 2017 doc, Huang et al. Prolonged Reclaimed Sea Floor Temperature, Model 5 (ERSSTv5): Upgrades, Validations and Intercomparisons.


Determine 1 presents the three most up-to-date variations of the NOAA ERSST sea floor temperature knowledge in absolute annual type (with out anomaly), excluding the polar oceans (60S- 60N), for the interval from 1998 to 2014. the durations utilized by NOAA of their 2015 version of Karl et al. paper Attainable artifacts of information bias within the latest hiatus of floor warming.

Determine 1

I don’t bear in mind, in earlier articles, the comparability of information ERSST.v4 "pause buster" and ERSST.v3b in absolute annual type. Curiously, on an annual foundation, these two units of information observe virtually completely from 1998 to 2003. And evaluating the 2 knowledge units "bus breaker", in the course of the interval chosen by the NOAA from 1998 to 2014, the charges World warming (60S-60N) The ERSST.v4 "break-buster" and ERSST.v5 "break-buster 2" knowledge units are mainly the identical.

Observe additionally that the newest ERSST.v5 "break-buster 2" knowledge have international ocean surfaces which might be colder than ERSST.v4 "break-buster" knowledge of zero.1 diploma C.

Why is it vital?

With the ERSST.v4 "break-buster" knowledge, the local weather fashions utilized by the IPCC for its fifth evaluation report (saved within the CMIP5 archives) confirmed floor temperatures of the digital sea modeled hotter than observations of the worldwide ocean surfaces.

With the brand new knowledge ERSST.5 "break-buster 2", the distinction between fashions and observations is now better. See the comparability of mannequin knowledge for international sea floor temperatures (60S to 60N) in Determine 2, which is annual over 30 years.

Determine 2

And as anticipated, the local weather mannequin adjustment clearly ensures extreme warming over the previous 30 years.

For comparability, I used the multi-model TEMO (Temperature Ocean Floor) common of archived CMIP5 fashions, which had been additionally utilized by the IPCC for his or her fifth evaluation report. The multi-model common represents the consensus (or, higher, group opinion) of the modeling teams.


The ERSST.v4 and ERSST.v5 knowledge in addition to the outputs of the CMIP5 local weather mannequin can be found freed from cost on the KNMI Local weather Explorer. (Thanks, Geert Jan.) The ERSST.v3b knowledge are now not accessible there, however I had them in my recordsdata from earlier publications.


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