Practical implications of uncertainty in observed SSTs
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2009
Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 36, Issue 9, May 2009
How to Cite
2009), Practical implications of uncertainty in observed SSTs, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L09710, doi:10.1029/2009GL037703., , and (
- Issue published online: 13 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 13 MAY 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 APR 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 30 MAR 2009
- Manuscript Received: 10 FEB 2009
 Uncertainties in the accuracy of observed sea surface temperature (SST) estimates limit a number of efforts relevant to seasonal-to-interannual climate variability and its prediction. Some of the efforts that may be hampered by uncertain SSTs include estimates of skill in predicted SSTs, attribution studies of seasonal climate anomalies, and calibration of probabilistic seasonal climate forecast systems. This study examines the explicit impact of SST uncertainties on the climate response from an atmospheric general circulation model. Uncertainties in Western Pacific SSTs play a substantial role in the sensitivity of the seasonal climate.