The satellite sensitive skin layer can be related to the bulk SST at nighttime using existing parameteristions. During the daytime however, solar radiation warms the ocean surface and when low wind conditions are present, a stratified deck layer is formed. A one dimensional turbulence model is used to resolve the skin-bulk temperature difference during the day.
Data from moorings is compared with thermal and visible satellite data and a one dimensional ocean turbulence model is used to investigate SST on diurnal timescales. This research brings together data from diverse sources and combines them with numerical modelling to create a procedure for obtaining sea surface temperatures with good spatial and temporal coverage.