Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Essential Climate Variables and Their Applications"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
Interests: remote sensing; satellites; climate data records; climate services; data management
Interests: climatology; meteorology; remote sensing; satellite based climate data records
Interests: water vapor-cloud-radiation budget; water vapor transport studies using remote sensing; tropical and midlatitude precipitation studies
In the 1990s, when continuous satellite observations of the Earth began extending over decades in length, researchers began merging data from successive missions into seamless time-series homogeneous records. Their goal was to provide consistently-processed records of sufficient length and quality to detect climate trends—typically small but persistent signals superimposed by weather systems and various natural oscillations. The resulting records contributed to many important scientific discoveries, including the warming characteristics of Earth’s atmosphere and ocean surfaces, the acceleration in Arctic sea ice loss, and the impact of distant aerosol sources in hurricane genesis. These pioneering efforts ultimately led to a new and now internationally-recognized class of satellite products—Climate Data Records (CDRs; National Research Council, 2004)—as well as a formal framework and taxonomy—Essential Climate Variables (ECVs; Bojinski et al. 2014). Over time, ECVs and CDRs have become increasingly common, accurate and useful in a wide range of applications. Although originally developed primarily for climate research, CDRs now are also used for commercial applications the reinsurance, energy and agriculture sectors, among others, as well as derivative service products such as climate indicators and assessments. Their development and provision has also been a focus of dedicated programs, including NOAA’s CDR program, the ESA Climate Change Initiative (Hollmann et al., 2013), and EUMETSAT’s Satellite Application Facility networks climate activities. Recently, the Committee for Earth Observation Systems (CEOS) and Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) Working Group on Climate demonstrated with the first comprehensive inventory of CDRs—including more than 400 unique entries provided by 10 space agencies and organizations—the strong uptake in the community. In this Special Issue of Remote Sensing, we call for papers describing all aspects of CDR development, generation, validation, application and resulting societal benefits. We also seek papers on broader CDR and ECV guidelines, standards and frameworks such as requirements development, metadata, application of metrological standards, documentation and production practices, assessment tools and inventories. Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive compendium of CDR-related articles yet compiled. Although we recognize the societal value of all satellite records, we request that contributors adhere to the NRC working definition of a CDR, i.e., a time series of measurements of sufficient length, consistency, and continuity to determine climate variability and change. This mostly requires compilations stemming from multiple satellites, however in special cases where a reprocessed record from a single mission meets that definition, associated papers are welcomed.Dr. Jeffrey L. Privette
Dr. Rainer Hollmann
Dr. Byung-Ju Sohn
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- Essential Climate Variable
- Climate Data Record
- Remote Sensing