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Fidelity and Uncertainty in Climate data records from Earth Observations

Objective

FIDUCEO will create new climate datasets from Earth Observations with rigorous treatment of uncertainty informed by the discipline of metrology. This responds to the need for enhanced credibility for climate data, to support rigorous science, decision-making and climate services. Our approach is (1) to develop methodologies for generating Fundamental Climate Data Records (FCDRs) and [Thematic] Climate Data Records (CDRs) that are widely applicable and metrologically rigorous and (2) to build new FCDRs and CDRs, making them easily accessible, with complete and traceable estimates of stability and uncertainty. New tools for metrologically rigorous analysis will be created, including tools for stability analysis and ensemble creation.

The chosen FCDRs have a length relevant to climate (>20 years) and can support numerous CDRs. Selected CDRs will be generated that illustrate new capabilities (e.g. equi-probable ensembles) as well as the benefits from use of the new FCDRs, such as improved stability and traceable uncertainties. Specifically, we will create: harmonised radiances (FCDRs) for the following sensors: AVHRR, HIRS, AMSU-B/MHS and MVIRI; and geophysical datasets, with uncertainties, for: ensemble sea and lake surface temperature, tropospheric humidity, aerosol optical depth and surface albedo. All data, software tools and methods will be freely and openly accessible and will be disseminated in a variety of forms including e-learning modules. All data will be available in both a common “easy” format (for general users) and community-standard formats. FIDUCEO will liaise explicitly with relevant programmes (Copernicus Climate Change Service, NOAA Climate Data Records programme, SCOPE-CM, re-analysis initiatives etc), and hold with two workshops for dialogue with the user community.

By both creating valuable datasets and defining and applying rigorous new metrological methods, FIDUCEO aims for a broad and lasting impact in the field of climate data from space.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-EO-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 336 378,10

Participants (11)

NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 478 666
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE EXPLOITATION OF METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 132 412,50
Address
Eumetsat Allee 1
64295 Darmstadt
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 194 290
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 681 110
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BROCKMANN CONSULT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 423 324,40
Address
Chrysanderstrasse 1
21029 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FASTOPT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 379 500
Address
Lerchenstrasse
22767 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RAYFERENCE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 471 750
Address
Avenue Paul Deschanel 247 B3
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 61 500
Address
Rua C Ao Aeroporto
1749 077 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 285
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 99 152,50
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASSIMILA LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 84 430
Address
Green Road 45
RG6 7BS Reading
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)