The 1st GHRSST Short Course on SST took place in Cape Town from 29-30 May 2014.


  • Increase knowledge about GHRSST and what GHRSST provides
  • Increase knowledge of Infrared Radiometry radiative transfer, cloud masking and SST retrieval
  • Application of the gained knowledge with real practical examples


Chris Merchant (University of Reading, UK)
Peter Minnett (University of Miami, USA)
Gary Corlett (University of Leicester, UK)


Early-career researchers and master students.


  • Overview of GHRSST and GHRSST formatted data
  • Orbits, SST and atmospheric processes
  • Infrared radiometry and atmospheric radiative transfer
  • Introduction to SNAP ( Practical demonstration of access, download and reading of GHRSST formatted products
  • Cloud screening overview; atmospheric correction algorithms.
  • Cloud screening
  • L1, L2, L4 concepts
  • Microwave radiometry
  • Uncertainties
  • Processing levels
  • Climate data records
  • Applications

Contents of the sessions

Infrared Radiometry
Atmospheric Effects
Sea Surface Temperature
Microwave Radiometers
Sea-Surface Temperature Processing Levels