Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the Celebes Sea and surrounding waters. Each artificially colored image shows the temperature for one month, averaged over 6 years. (1985-2001). Temperature is in degrees Celsius. Red is highest and blue is coolest. Even though the Celebes Sea is close to the equator, there is still some change in temperature with the seasons. (These warm surface currents flow from the Pacific Ocean and the Sulu Sea through the Celebes Sea on their way to the Indian Ocean, but they don't mix with the deep basin water that we will explore with the Global Explorer ROV, RopeCams, and midwater trawls.) The background image on the first slide was created with help from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Visualization Center.