June 2017: a year of record-breaking sea surface temperatures

The In Situ Thematic Assembly Center (INSTAC) of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) contributes to characterize ocean state and variability. For this, a network of multi-platform monitoring has been deployed at global scale including regional seas from the open ocean to coastal ocean. Today, INSTAC relies on 7.158 active platforms that continuously provide quasi-real time open data on the state of our oceans by this responding to science and society needs.

Among the platforms deployed, 1.140 active fixed-moorings allow us to obtain long and reliable records of key ocean variables, allowing scientists to study ocean property changes such as warming trends of surface or deep anomalies.

Thanks to the In Situ moorings deployed along the Mediterranean and Iberia coasts, June 2017 was reported to be specially warm in terms of sea surface temperature (SST), with record-breaking values for 11 out of 35 moorings. See more at: SST storymap.