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Participant list

NameSurnameOrganisationPoster title
Lisa Alexander University of New South Wales Lisa Alexander, Markus Donat, Yoichi Takayama, Hongang Yang:
The CLIMDEX Project: Creation of long-term global gridded products for the analysis if temperature and precipitation extremes (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Renate Auchmann Oeschger Center, University of Bern Renate Auchmann, Stefan Brönniman:
A physics-based correction model for homogenizing sub-daily temperature series (PDF, 10.3 MB)
David (Dave) I Berry National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Stability of the (A)ATSR SST record
Manola Brunet C3, Universitat Rovira i Virgili Manola Brunet, Dimitrios Efthymiadis, Alba Gilabert:
Reconstructing long temperature series over North African and Middle East countries: A joint EURO4M-WMO/MEDARE effort (PDF, 215 kB)
Claire Bulgin University of Edinburgh Claire Bulgin, Chris Merchant:
Observation Classification for Earth Surface Temperature Retrieval (PDF, 964 kB)
Gary Corlett University of Leicester  
Katarzyna Dąbrowska-Zielińska Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Warsaw  
Emma Dodd University of Edinburgh Emma Dodd:
Validity of Interpolating and Extrapolating Temperature Anomalies across the Arctic: An Investigation using Era-Interim (PDF, 2.0 MB)
Claude Duguay University of Waterloo High-latitude land and lake surface temperature
Owen Embury University of Edinburgh  
Eirik Førland Norwegian Meteorological Institute Eirik J. Førland, Øyvind Nordli:
Reconstruction and homogenization of long Arctic temperature series (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Darren Ghent University of Leicester Validation of AATSR Land Surface Temperature
Lizzie Good MetOffice Lizzie Good:
Land surface air temperature monitoring using a combination of satellite and in situ measurements (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Frank Göttsche Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Frank Göttsche, Folke Olesen, Annika Bork-Unkelbach:
Continuous validation of LST: results (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Pierre Guillevic CICS-NC/NOAA Pierre Guillevic, Jeffrey Privette:
NPP VIIRS Land Surface Temperature EDR Validation using NOAA's observation networks (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Yatian Guo China Meteorological Administration (CMA) Rucong Yu, Jian Li, Yatian Guo:
Observation and Change of Surface Air Temperature over Eastern Contiguous China (PDF, 418 kB)
Dorothy Hall NASA Keynote: Scientific challenges in observing temperature across the cryosphere
Measuring the Surface Temperature of the Cryosphere using Remote Sensing
Jacob Høyer DMI Jacob L. Høyer, Gorm Dybkjær, Rasmus T. Tonboe:
High latitude satellite SST and IST at DMI (PDF, 3.2 MB)
Glynn Hulley Jet Propulsion Laboratory Glynn Hulley, Simon Hook:
A Unified MODIS Land Surface Temperature (LST) Product using an Uncertainty Analysis Approach (PDF, 2.7 MB)
Maria A. Jiménez Universitat de les Illes Balears Maria A. Jimenez, J. Cuxart:
Verification of high-resolution mesoscale models using LST fields derived from satellite (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Juan-Carlos Jimenez-Muñoz University of Valencia J. C. Jiménez-Muñoz, J. A. Sobrino, C. Mattar:
Analysis of recent Temperature Anomalies over the Northern Hemisphere using MODIS-LST and Reanalysis products (PDF, 5.7 MB)
Phil Jones University of East Anglia Keynote: Scientific challenges in observing temperature across the continents
Alexey Kaplan Lamont-Doherty Alexey Kaplan, Alicia Karspeck:
Merging in situ and satellite data for gridded multidecadal analyses of sea surface temperature fields (PDF, 1.5 MB)
John Kennedy MetOffice Keynote: Synthesis and understanding
John Kennedy:
Do you take three data sets into the shower? Not me, I use an optimal blend of sea surface temperature, night marine air temperature and land surface air temperature (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Elizabeth (Liz) Kent National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Keynote: Scientific challenges in observing temperature across the oceans
Elizabeth Kent, Chris Merchant:
The Evolving Marine Surface Temperature Observing System (PDF, 4.7 MB)
Albert Klein Tank KNMI Keynote: Synthesis and understanding
Jean-Pierre Lagouarde INRA, Bordeaux J.-P. Lagouarde, M. Bach, G. Boulet, X. Briottet, S. Cherchali, I. Dadou, G. Dedieu, O. Hagolle, F. Jacob, F. Nerry, A. Olioso, C. Ottlé, V. Pascal, J.L. Roujean, J.A. Sobrino:
Overview of the high spatial and temporal resolutions MISTIGRI mission in the Thermal Infrared (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Aisling Layden University of Edinburgh Aisling Layden, Chris Merchant, Stuart MacCallum:
Tuning of FLake lake model using observational lake surface water temperature data for lakes worldwide (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Michele Lazzarini Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Michele Lazzarini, Prashanth R. Marpu, Hosni Ghedira:
Temperature - land cover interactions: the inversion of urban heat island phenomenon in desert city areas (PDF, 1.8 MB)
David Llewellyn-Jones University of Leicester The ATSR Sensors - 20 years of Temperature Observations for Climate
Giuseppina Lopardo Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM) Giuseppina Lopardo, Andrea Merlone:
Metrological approach to Earth Temperature measurements: The MeteoMet project (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Stuart MacCallum University of Edinburgh Stuart N MacCallum, Christopher J Merchant, Aisling Layden:
Global Lake Surface Water Temperatures from ATSR (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Cristian Mattar University of Chile C. Mattar, J.C. Jiménez-Muñoz, J.A. Sobrino, C. Durán:
Recent vegetation - temperature trends on Arctic tundra using MODIS data (PDF, 3.6 MB)
Stephan Matthiesen University of Edinburgh  
Mark McCarthy Met Office Observation requirements for Urban Climate research
Matthew (Matt) Menne NCDC Zeke Hausfather, Matthew Menne, Claude Williams, Troy Masters, Ron Broberg, David Jones:
Quantifying the Effect of Urbanization on U.S. Historical Climatology Network Temperature Records (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Chris Merchant University of Edinburgh Keynote: Scientific challenges in observing temperature across the oceans
Chris Merchant:
Climate Records from Space (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Colin Morice MetOffice Colin P. Morice, John J. Kennedy, Nick A. Rayner, Phil D. Jones:
Quantifying uncertainty in the HadCRUT4 near-surface temperature dataset (PDF, 755 kB)
Folke Olesen Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Frank Göttsche, Folke Olesen, Annika Bork-Unkelbach:
Continuous validation of LST over large homogeneous sites in Africa and Europe (PDF, 3.6 MB)
Simon Pinnock European Space Agency  
Nick Rayner Met Office Hadley Centre Nick A. Rayner, John J. Kennedy, Holly A. Titchner, Michael Saunby, Roger W. Saunders:
The development of the new Hadley Centre Sea Ice and Sea-surface temperature dataset, HadISST2, to explore uncertainty in boundary forcing for reanalysis (PDF, 3.3 MB)
Viatcheslav Razuvaev RIHMI-WDC Viatcheslav N. Razuvaev, Olga Bulygina:
Russian baseline temperature data sets for changes in Northern Eurasia temperature study (PDF, 3.3 MB)
John Remedios University of Leicester  
Ignatius Rigor University of Washington Keynote: Scientific challenges in observing temperature across the cryosphere
Hervé Roquet Météo-France P. Le Borgne, G. Legendre, S. Péré, C. Merchant:
Comparison of SEVIRI and buoy derived diurnal warming estimates (PDF, 581 kB)
Matilde Rusticucci DCAO-University of Buenos Aires Matilde Rusticucci:
Surface Temperature data over Southern South America (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Prashant Sardeshmukh University of Colorado and NOAA Gilbert P. Compo, Prashant Sardeshmukh, Jeffrey S. Whitaker, Philip Brohan, Phil D. Jones, Chesley McColl:
Independent confirmation of global land warming without using land temperature observations (PDF, 5.9 MB)
Philipp Schneider NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research Philipp Schneider, Chris Wilson, Simon J. Hook, Fred Prata:
Global Trends of Lake Temperatures Observed From Space (PDF, 7.9 MB)
Kay B. Smith British Geological Survey  
José A. Sobrino University of Valencia Keynote: Scientific challenges in observing temperature across the continents
Land Surface Temperatures
Peter Thorne NOAA Peter Thorne, Kate Willett, Jay Lawrimore, Rob Allan, Richard Chandler, Albert Mhanda, Thomas Peterson, Michael de Podesta, Antonio Possolo, Jayashree Revadekar, Matilde Rusticucci, Peter Stott, Gregory Strouse, Blair Trewin, Xiaolan Wang, Akiyo Yatagai:
The International Surface Temperature Initiative (PDF, 15 MB)
Blair Trewin Bureau of Meteorology, Government of Australia Blair Trewin:
The Australian Climate Observations Reference Network - Surface Air Temperature (ACORN-SAT) data set (PDF, 6.5 MB)
Isabel Trigo Instituto de Meteorologia (Lisboa) I.F. Trigo , S.C. Freitas , C. Barroso , J. Macedo , R. Perdigão , R. Silva , P. Viterbo:
Land Surface Temperature Observations from Geostationary Satellites (PDF, 3.9 MB)
Karen Veal University of Leicester Surface Temperature in The Polar Regions From AATSR
Yunyue (Bob) Yu NOAA/NESDIS Yunyue Yu:
Land Surface Temperature EDR for the U.S. GOES-R and JPSS Mission (PDF, 679 kB)

The EarthTemp Network hosted its first workshop in Edinburgh in June 2012 to identify current gaps in our knowledge and scientific priorities for the next 5 to 10 years. Fifty-five participants gathered from 5 continents attended, with almost all of the desired range of expertise represented: scientists working on every domain of Earth’s surface, making or using in-situ measurements, satellite products and re-analysis.

[Group picture]

The meeting kicked off with a "scientific speed networking" activity: right at the start, every participant got to know a dozen others. No wonder that the poster session on the first afternoon already featured intense debates.

[Poster session] [Poster session]

The meeting placed particular emphasis on networking activities and stimulating creative cooperation. To encourage a diversity of opinions and ideas, each main theme was discussed in four parallel small groups - a total of 20 groups, randomly re-mixed for each session. Each participant was treated to a personalised schedule and a full day of intense and focussed active investigation of several different topics. Hard work, but also plenty of opportunity to get to know and understand each other!

[Breakout Group] [Discussion]

In plenary sessions, keynote speakers presented overviews of the state of art, unresolved questions and ideas for future directions to a very captive audience.

[Plenary Session from back] [Plenary Session from front]

The workshop engaged not only the mind but also the body. After all the fun discussions, the scientists got the more difficult task of understanding and reproducing the complicated figures of traditional Scottish Dancing (or chill out over some drinks):

[Ceilidh] [Reception]

The scientific results and recommendations of the workshop will be published and communicated in due course.

As organisers, we can say that it has been a very intense and demanding, but also enjoyable and productive meeting, in which all participants met many new colleagues and could forge new professional links. A big "Thank You" to all the participants: you made it a success with your ideas and your enthusiasm for understanding Earth's surface temperatures!

Travel, venue and meeting information

JMCC (John McIntyre Conference Centre) is Edinburgh University's modern, comfortable conference centre, 20 minutes walk from Edinburgh's city centre and sights. Its facilities include on-site restaurant, shop for essentials, bars, space to relax and internet access.

For more details on venue, local travel and other information, see the local information factsheet (PDF, 1029 kB)


Download the PDF version (ca 400kb) of the programme

The approach in the first year is to lay an appropriate foundation. The workshop (25-27 June 2012, Edinburgh) emphasised sharing knowledge, making connections, synthesizing an authoritative overview of the state of the science, and defining mutual research directions for ST. Topics include:

  • How to improve remote sensing of ST in different environments
  • Challenges from changes of in situ observing networks over time
  • Current understanding of how different types of ST inter-­relate
  • Nature of errors and uncertainties in ST observations
  • Mutual/integrated quality control between satellite and in situ observing systems

These topics have been framed to cross sub-­disciplinary boundaries. In addition, there are preparation for the Arctic ST theme in Year 2 (2013). Means of pursuing the research directions beyond (as well as within) the network are identified, so that the priority science needs can be promoted coherently across other international bodies.