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Sea Level Data

Our other data holdings

Please acknowledge the appropriate source if you use any of these data sets.


Domingues et al (2008) is available.

Get in touch with us (email address below) if you are interested.

Reference: Domingues, C.M., J.A. Church, N.J. White, P.J. Gleckler, S.E. Wijffels, P.M. Barker and J.R. Dunn (2008), Improved estimates of upper-ocean warming and multi-decadal sea-level rise. Nature, 453, 1090-1094, doi:10.1038/nature07080.


Data downloads - sea level and ocean heat content

  • History (including data files and readme files) of our steric sea level and ocean heat content data sets

    Click here to view the history and download files.


  • Reconstructed GMSL for 1880 to 2009
    as described in Church and White (2011).

    Click here to download the zipfile (21,669 bytes). This zipfile includes data files and a brief description of the contents of this file.

    A list of the tide gauges used is available here (zipfile, 21,008 bytes)

    The paper describing this is: Church, J. A. and N.J. White (2011), Sea-level rise from the late 19th to the early 21st Century. Surveys in Geophysics, doi:10.1007/s10712-011-9119-1. This paper is published "Open Access" and is available as a pdf from here.


  • Reconstructed GMSL for 1870 to 2001
    as described in Church and White (2006) (reference below)

    Click here to download the zipfile (10,645 bytes). This zipfile includes a data file and a brief description of the contents of this file.

    Church, J. A. and N.J. White (2006), A 20th century acceleration in global sea level rise, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L01602, doi:10.1029/2005GL024826.


  • Reconstructed sea-surface heights for 1950 to 2001
    as described in Church et al. (2004) (reference below), except that it has been extended to the end of 2001.

    Briefly, this data set is

    • near-global (65°S to 65°N) from January 1950 to December 2001
      on a 1° × 1° × 1 month grid
    • seasonal signal removed
    • inverse barometer correction made
    • GIA (Mitrovica) correction made to tide gauge data

    Click here to download the gzip'ed netCDF file (14,571,619 bytes).

    Reference: Church, J.A., N.J. White, R. Coleman, K. Lambeck and J.X. Mitrovica (2004), Estimates of the Regional Distribution of sea level Rise over the 1950 to 2000 Period. Journal of Climate, 17, 2609-2625.


  • Combined TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2/OSTM sea level fields - several versions

    These data sets are a combination of data from TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2/OSTM

    See Historical sea level changes - last two decades for information about recent changes to our processing

    • near-global (65°S to 65°N), on a 1° × 1° grid
    • monthly averages, currently from January 1993 to September 2013 (this is extended as data becomes available)
    • Versions available:
      • with or without the inverse barometer correction
      • with or without the seasonal (annual + semi-annual) signal removed
      • with or without the GIA correction
    • All are available as gzip'ed netCDF files, and are each about 8-9 Megabytes in size
    • They all include a time series of Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL)
     

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    Seasonal signal

    GIA correction

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    Acknowledgements:

    • TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 data were obtained from the NASA Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology.
    • Jason-2/OSTM data was obtained from Aviso (CNES and CLS, France).
    • CNES (France) and NASA (USA) for their roles in the TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 missions and for making the data freely available.
    • CNES, NASA, NOAA (USA) and EUMETSAT (Europe) for their roles in the Jason-2/OSTM mission and for making the data freely available.
    • The many people who have worked to make these missions the successes they have been.


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