The Fidelity and Uncertainty in Climate Data Records from Earth Observation (FIDUCEO) team has announced its second workshop in Lisbon on 25-27 June.
The workshop will explore the application of metrological concepts to the domain of Earth observation and climate, with the focus being on developing and exploiting Climate Data Records (CDRs) with evaluated uncertainties.
But first, a little background information into FIDUCEO and what it actually is:
The focus on “developing and exploiting Climate Data Records (CDRs) with evaluated uncertainties” as mentioned at the start will address the link between uncertainty in Fundamental Climate Data Records (FCDRs) and derived CDRs; providing and exploiting uncertainty information for CDRs.
The FIDUCEO project has changed the way we are looking at uncertainties in Earth observations. Instead of looking at the results, we are looking at the physical root causes for uncertainties in the instruments. The big challenge is how those uncertainties can be taken up by the user community. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to try and get these methodologies across to the users and to collect feedback on what their needs are. The project is funded by the EU Research and Innovation Programme “Horizon 2020“.
Why is this project important?
Users of satellite data require information about the uncertainty effects in satellite data in order to judge whether their results are significant or are sensitive to impacts that originate in the instruments. The performance of data assimilation into numerical models is expected to greatly improve when provided with uncertainties and more data can be combined if the error correlations are known.
What are climate data records?
Data sets that cover long-time series with high measurement stability, so that trends in those data are coming from the measurand (the object under observation). That means they are as free as possible from instrument effects and that any remaining instrument effects (uncertainties) are properly specified.
The main milestones of the workshop are as follows:
- Sharing methods for root-cause based uncertainty analysis applied on FCDRs
- Training in metrology concepts for Earth observations
- Discussion of the applicability on the research interests of users
There will be plenty of information at the workshop about the methodology developed, plus, the validation results of the generated fundamental climate data records will be presented. There will also be breakout sessions to discuss the uncertainty propagation of Level 1 uncertainties into Level 2 retrievals and users will be able to ask questions. Also, users will present their work in order to discuss the applicability of the FIDUCEO methodology to their data.
If you use satellite data for climate-related studies, then this is the workshop for you. Meet with other like-minded people to share information and give feedback. Register here before 31 May.