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Towards a Traceable Climate Service: Assessment of Quality and Usability of Essential Climate Variables

Faculty of Geo-information and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Hengelosestraat 99, 7514 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
SCOR Global P&C, Guisan-quai 26, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Erik Palménin aukio 1, FI-00560 Helsinki, Finland
Meteo-France, Centre de Meteorologie, Marine, SHOM, 13 Rue de Châtellier, 29200 Brest, France, [email protected]
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Service, Utrechtseweg 297, 3731 GA De Bilt, The Netherlands
Department of Computer Science, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
Stichting Wageningen Research, Wageningen Environmental Research, Droevendaalsesteeg 3-3 A, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Eumetsat Allee 1, 64295 Darmstadt, Germany
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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(10), 1186; (registering DOI)
Received: 7 April 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 18 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Assessment of Quality and Usability of Climate Data Records)
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Climate services are becoming the backbone to translate climate knowledge, data & information into climate-informed decision-making at all levels, from public administrations to business operators. It is essential to assess the technical and scientific quality of the provided climate data and information products, including their value to users, to establish the relation of trust between providers of climate data and information and various downstream users. The climate data and information products (i.e., from satellite, in-situ and reanalysis) shall be fully traceable, adequately documented and uncertainty quantified and can provide sufficient guidance for users to address their specific needs and feedbacks. This paper discusses details on how to apply the quality assurance framework to deliver timely assessments of the quality and usability of Essential Climate Variable (ECV) products. It identifies an overarching structure for the quality assessment of single product ECVs (i.e., consists of only one single variable), multi-product ECVs (i.e., more than one single parameter), thematic products (i.e., water, energy and carbon cycles), as well as the usability assessment. To support a traceable climate service, other than rigorously evaluating the technical and scientific quality of ECV products, which represent the upstream of climate services, how the uncertainty propagates into the resulting benefit (utility) for the users of the climate service needs to be detailed. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate data record (CDRs); essential climate variables (ECVs); quality assurance; traceability; usability assessment; climate services climate data record (CDRs); essential climate variables (ECVs); quality assurance; traceability; usability assessment; climate services

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Zeng, Y.; Su, Z.; Barmpadimos, I.; Perrels, A.; Poli, P.; Boersma, K.F.; Frey, A.; Ma, X.; de Bruin, K.; Goosen, H.; John, V.O.; Roebeling, R.; Schulz, J.; Timmermans, W. Towards a Traceable Climate Service: Assessment of Quality and Usability of Essential Climate Variables. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1186.

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