Special Issue "Assessment of Quality and Usability of Climate Data Records"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Interests: spatial hydrology; earth observation; water cycle and climate; land–atmosphere interaction; water resource management
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Interests: climate service and product expert at EUMETSAT; climate research; generation of climate data records; atmospheric radiative transfer; cloud physics; boundary layer meteorology and multi-sensor remote sensing
In its 2004 report, the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Science recommended the development of Climate Data Records (CDRs) from satellites, wherein the CDR was defined as a time series of measurements of sufficient length, consistency, and continuity to determine climate variability and change, accounting for systematic errors and noise in the measurements. For satellite-based CDR, these can be further defined as fundamental CDRs (FCDRs), which are calibrated and quality-controlled sensor data designed to allow the generation of consistent products for climate monitoring, and thematic CDRs (TCDRs), which denotes a long-term data record of rigorously validated and quality-controlled geophysical variables derived from FCDRs.
Applying the nomenclature that a satellite record meets the definition of a CDR implies that the products should be fully traceable, adequately documented and uncertainty quantified, and can provide sufficient guidance for users to address their specific needs and feedbacks, when it is used for climate services. As such, the evaluation of the complete chain from CDRs to climate services need considerations not only from the scientific quality perspective but also the usability one.
- Development, generation and production of FCDRs (e.g. inter-satellite calibrations, homogenizations, uncertainty analysis, trend detection);
- Development, generation and production of TCDRs (e.g. retrieval algorithms, validation approaches, uncertainty characterization and propagation, climate/environmental change monitoring);
- Technical and scientific quality of CDRs (e.g. traceability of CDR products in terms of its production chain, and the associated validation chain, uncertainty propagation);
- Climate information and knowledge derived from CDRs for climate services (e.g. serving public sectors including water management, agriculture and forestry, tourism, insurance, transport, energy, health, infrastructure, disaster risk reduction, coastal areas etc.);
- Usability assessment of the climate information and knowledge applied for climate services (e.g. how the uncertainty of CDR products is propagated into the decision making for the public sectors).
Prof. Dr. Zhongbo Su
Dr. Yijian Zeng
Dr. R.A. Roebeling
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