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Quality Assurance for Essential Climate Variables

Objective

Policy makers are increasingly relying on Earth Observation (EO) data to make decisions on mitigating and adapting to climate change. These decisions need to be 'evidence-based' and this requires complete confidence in EO-derived products. Although EO data is plentiful, it is rare to have reliable, traceable and understandable quality information. The situation is often further confused because various versions of the same product exist from data providers using different retrieval algorithms.
Users need an internationally acceptable Quality Assurance (QA) framework that establishes, and provides understandable traceable quality information for the data products used in Climate Services. This will ensure that long-term data sets are historically linked and, in the future, automatically harmonised in an efficient and interoperable manner.
The Quality Assurance for ECVs (QA4ECV) project will address these issues by developing a robust generic system for the QA of satellite and in-situ algorithms and data records that can be applied to all ECVs in a prototype for future sustainable services in the frame of the GMES/Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Multi-use tools and SI/community reference standards will be developed. The QA4ECV project will generate quality-assured multi-decadal Climate Data Records for 3 atmospheric ECV precursors (NO2, HCHO, and CO) and 3 land ECVs (albedo, LAI, and FAPAR), with full uncertainty metrics for every pixel ready for model ingestion. The generic QA framework will be applied to these ECVs. QA4ECV will engage with all stakeholders, including other ECV projects, governance bodies and end-users, developers of Climate Services and relevant projects.
The QA4ECV project will show how trustable assessments of satellite data quality and reliable means of interoperability can facilitate users in judging the fitness-for-purpose of the ECV Climate Data Record. QA4ECV will be a major step forward in providing quality assured long-term Climate Data Records that are relevant for policy and climate change assessments.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
Address
Utrechtseweg 297
3731 GA De Bilt
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 607 476
Administrative Contact
Folkert Boersma (Dr)

Participants (18)

INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 571 014
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Middernacht (Mr)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 258 192
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Flink (Mr)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 203 700
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Madlin Junkers (Mrs)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 106 500
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Courillon (Prof)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Ms)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 92 231
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Angeles Lopez-Vazquez (Ms)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Edwin Raaijmakers (Mr)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 256 180
Address
Olof Palmestraat 14
2616 LR Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sander Niemeijer (Mr)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 351 200
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 343 842
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Walker (Dr)
THE EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE EXPLOITATION OF METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 375 320
Address
Eumetsat Allee 1
64295 Darmstadt
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Franc (Mr)
BROCKMANN CONSULT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 349 770
Address
Chrysanderstrasse 1
21029 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Desmond Murphy (Mr)
FASTOPT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 348 000
Address
Lerchenstrasse
22767 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Kaminski (Dr)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 376 472
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruth Montgomery (Ms)
CGI IT UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 170 500
Address
Brook Drive 250
RG2 6UA Reading
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ed Pechorro (Mr)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 240 540
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
K. Folkert Boersma (Dr)
RAYFERENCE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 166 320
Address
Avenue Paul Deschanel 247 B3
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yves Govaerts (Mr)
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 121 470
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexander Loew (Dr)