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Upper Ocean Heat Content Anomaly

The map shows an estimate of the change in upper Ocean Heat Content Anomaly (OHCA) from 2005 to 2006 derived from both in situ data and altimeter sea surface height mapping performed according to Willis et al. 2004.

Historical data are from XBTs, CTDs, moorings, and other sources.  A preliminary ad-hoc fall rate correction has been applied to the XBT data in an attempt to correct for biases between XBT data and more accurate CTD data.   Additional displays of the upper OHCA and sampling error are available in the Plots section.

Argo Recent estimates are based primarily on Argo profiling CTD float data. Satellite altimeter data from Aviso are used to estimate errors
map showing change in upper ocean heat content anomaly

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