[ESIP-all] 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting: Special Session on Absolute Accuracy of Space-borne Sea Surface Temperature

Ken Casey Kenneth.Casey at noaa.gov
Wed Sep 26 07:13:37 EDT 2007

Dear Colleagues,

As a reminder, the 2008 Ocean Sciences meeting abstract submission  
deadline is early next week!   We encourage you submit an abstract to  
our 2008 Ocean Sciences special session on the Absolute Accuracy of  
Space-borne Sea Surface Temperature (Session 149):

The sea surface temperature (SST) data sets provided by space-borne  
radiometers now constitute a critical record for quantifying and  
understanding global change. The capability of satellites to provide  
global data offers a unique way to study trends and variability of  
surface temperatures over many years, and the potential to evaluate  
and enhance the long-term in situ SST record. Such applications  
require high accuracy and stability in the space-borne SSTs. However,  
each satellite SST record has unique features including spatial and  
temporal resolution, record length, instrumental artefacts, and  
algorithmic uncertainties. Understanding these differences is  
essential, and requires a detailed analysis of individual retrieval  
techniques, methods for merging data sets, and rigorous validation.  
In addition, assessing the absolute accuracy of the satellite SSTs  
requires high quality in situ radiometers that are fixed to  
standards. By establishing conventions for satellite data,  
international efforts like the GODAE High Resolution SST project have  
set in place frameworks for more rapidly assessing the absolute  
accuracy of space-borne SSTs. Submissions are invited that present  
recent developments in the field, such as retrieval methods and  
validation, provision of high quality in situ data, methods of data  
comparison and merging, and the use of space-borne SSTs in various  

The abstract deadline for the 2008 Ocean Sciences meeting is fast  
approaching (midnight, Oct 2, 2007, 23:59 US, CDT) and the meeting  
will be held March2 -7, 2008, in Orlando, Florida. See  http:// 
www.aslo.org/orlando2008 for more information and abstract submission  

Please note there are several other SST-related sessions, so this  
meeting promises to be an important and exciting one:

Session 148, Multi-Sensor Sea Surface Temperature Analyses
Session 023, Space-Based Measurements of Ocean Climate Change
Session 036: Scientific results from global and regional ocean syntheses
Session 105, Diurnal Variability in the Surface Ocean and in Air-Sea  
Session 171: US GODAE: Ocean prediction with the HYbrid Coordinate  
Ocean Model (HYCOM)

These sessions are complementary.  For our session, 149, we strongly  
encourage submissions involving the use of high-accuracy SST data or  
the improvement of absolute accuracy in SST measurement techniques.  
Areas of interest include the development of new retrieval  
algorithms, the “art” of infrared calibration, the specification and  
practice of validation methodologies, the provision of high quality  
in situ SST data from buoys and radiometers, error characterisation  
and single-sensor error statistics, the analysis and application of  
long-term SST data sets, and of course efforts related to future  
observing systems.  We hope you will submit an abstract to session  
149 and join us in Orlando for an exciting meeting!

Again, note that the deadline for abstract submission is midnight,  
Oct 2, 2007 (23:59 US, CDT).


Session Organizers: Gary K. Corlett, University of Leicester,  
gkc1 at le.ac.uk; Peter J. Minnett, RSMAS, University of Miami,  
pminnett at rsmas.miami.edu; Kenneth S. Casey, NOAA National  
Oceanographic Data Center, Kenneth.Casey at noaa.gov

Kenneth S. Casey, Ph.D.
NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring MD 20910
301-713-3272 ext 133

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