This image shows the temperature of the ocean water at the surface. Measurements were taken from August 6-11, 2001. The temperature scale is in Celsius. Cold temperatures are shown in pink to purple, moderate temperatures in aqua to green and warm temperatures in yellow to red.
This particular data set was taken by the NOAA-16 satellite. NOAA-16 is part of the TIROS series of polar-orbiting, environmental satellites.
Image courtesy of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)