Briefing on Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project

November 8, 2005

NOAA scientists met to discuss the development of new high-resolution, multi-sensor based satellite sea surface temperature products. Gary Wick of the Earth System Research Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division, and Kenneth Casey of the National Ocean Data Center, led a briefing on the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project (GHRSST-PP). The briefing described the organization and data products of the GHRSST-PP, and summarized the current involvement of NOAA in the project. Attendees at the meeting included representatives from the NESDIS Office of Research and Applications, Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, the CoastWatch Program, the Comprehensive Large Array Stewardship System (CLASS), and the National Polar-orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Data Exploitation Project.


The GHRSST-PP is an international project focusing on how data from the existing complementary set of infrared and microwave satellite sensors can be combined to provide a significantly improved new high-resolution sea surface temperature product with detailed uncertainty characteristics. The project was begun in 2000 and brings together leading scientists from Europe, the United States, Japan, and Australia through a model of regional and global task sharing. Within the project, Gary Wick chairs a group on data processing specifications.


The GHRSST-PP provides one focal point for coordination of research and operational activities within NOAA and is an actual working demonstration of a Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS). This briefing was also a forum for discussion on how the various groups within NOAA can work together to play an even larger role in the development of a next generation sea surface temperature product. Product development through this project supports NOAA's mission goal of serving society's needs for weather and water information, and NOAA's cross-cutting priority of international cooperation and collaboration.

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