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Sea Surface Temperature Change

As climate change progresses, global sea surface water temperatures are projected to follow overall global warming trends. Since tropical storms gain energy from warm waters to form and intensify, warming sea surface temperatures will drive changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. 

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Sea surface temperature rise is a long-term consequence of climate change, and contributes to other climate indicators such as sea level rise and ice melt. 

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Sea surface temperature data is accessible in Google Earth Engine, an open source cloud-computing platform. 

View NOAA data in Google Earth

Additional sea surface temperature data is available as a data layer in Google Earth.


UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN SDGs help to guide analysis and policy to achieve a safer, more equal world by 2030. Sea surface temperature change relates directly to SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 14 (Life Below Water). For more information on the SDGs, visit

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