Making connexions - a knowledge-pooling activity

This document contains transcripts of the handwritten report sheets from the "Making Connexions" exercise that kicked off the workshop. Small groups discussed the different topics in succession. All participants had an opportunity to comment on each of six topics. Participants were asked to comment on knowledge gaps and suggest future research opportunities.

  • Which general challenges make it difficult to collect data in Africa?
  • Knowledge gaps: which geographical areas of climate zones in Africa do we have to understand better? Why (relevance)?
  • Which user communities in Africa benefit from better surface temperature data? How?
  • Existing or potential opportunities: Which developments, techniques or initiatives can improve understanding of STs in Africa?
  • Temperatures in coastal areas. Specific challenges? Knowledge gaps?
  • Temperatures in lake areas in Africa: Specific challenges? Knowledge gaps?

Download the transcript (PDF, 182kB)

Breakout discussions

This document contains transcriptions of the handwritten reporting sheets from each breakout session. The following topics were discussed (some topics were discussed by two groups).

  • Lake water ST and applications/ST challenges in coastal areas
  • Spatially complete ST for Africa
  • Relating LSAT to LST and reanalyses for Africa (two groups)
  • Reference sites for ST (two groups)
  • Meeting user ST needs for Africa (two groups)

Download the transcript (PDF, 242kB)

See also the full workshop programme.

Participants and posters

NameSurnameOrganisationPoster title
Hella Ellen Ahrends University of Cologne  
Mudau Azwitamisi Eric Council for Scientific and Industrial Research  
Annika Bork-Unkelbach Karlsruhe Institute of Technology  
Manola Brunet University Rovira i Virgili Manola Brunet, Phil Jones and Alba Gilabert:
Enhancing high-quality climate data availability and accessibility for North African locations: the EURO4M and MEDARE joint approach (PDF 1.1 Mb)
Claire Bulgin University of Reading Claire Bulgin, Chris Merchant:
Uncertainty Estimates in Remotely Sensed Surface Temperature Data (PDF 1.9 Mb)
Brett Candy Met Office  
Charity Changoroma Ministry of Agriculture  
Graziano Coppa INRiM JRPv03 Metrology for Essential Climate Variables (PDF 2.3 Mb)
Emma Dodd University of Reading Emma Dodd, Chris Merchant, Nick Rayner, Colin Morice:
Can we Assess the Impact of Estimating Arctic Surface Air Temperature Anomalies with Global Simple Kriging using In Situ Data? (PDF 0.9 Mb)
Junping Du University of Twente  
Nathan Forsythe Newcastle University  
Corinne Frey DLR C.M. Frey, A.J. Dietz, M. Bachmann, E.-M. Bernhard, T. Ruppert, K. Molch, M. Wolfmüller, C. Kuenzer, A. Mueller, S. Dech:
TIMELINE – Processing of AVHRR time series over Europe and North Africa (PDF 0.7 Mb)
C.M. Frey & C. Kuenzer:
Spatial and temporal patterns of land surface temperature in the Mekong Basin (PDF 3.3 Mb)
Katharina Fricke Federal Institute of Hydrology  
Ursula Geßner DLR - German Aerospace Center  
Darren Ghent University of Leicester  
Elizabeth Good Met Office Estimating Daily Maximum and Minimum Near-Surface Air Temperatures from Satellite Data (PDF 1.3 Mb)
Frank-Michael Göttsche Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Frank Göttsche, Folke Olesen and Glynn Hulley:
Improved in-situ methods for determining land surface emissivity (PDF 0.8 Mb)
Jacob Hoeyer DMI  
Glynn Hulley Jet Propulsion Laboratory Glynn Hulley, Simon Hook, Pierre Guillevic:
Keynote: Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity Projects at NASA JPL (PDF 3.7 Mb)
Elena Istomina V.B.Sochava Institute of Geography SB RAS  
Frank Kaspar Deutscher Wetterdienst  
Marjolaine Krug Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Marjolaine Krug, Mathieu Rouault, Christo Whittle:
Keynote: Understanding Surface Temperatures in Southern Africa's coastal and shelf waters (PDF 6.6 Mb)
Qingxiang Li National Meteorological Information Center Li QingXiang, Xu Wenhui, Yang suo, Xu Yan, Yu Jingjing:
Use of global temperature and precipitation data at CMA (PDF 2.9Mb)
Alexander Loew Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology  
Desmond Manatsa Bindura University Of Science D. Manatsa and R. Mugandani:
Keynote: Linking DiurnalTemperature Range Shifts over Southern Africa to the Southern Annular Mode (PDF 2.2 Mb)
Maria Martin KIT  
Stephan Matthiesen University of Edinburgh  
Christopher Merchant University of Reading  
Albert Mhanda Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Keynote: Measuring Land Surface Air Temperature in Africa (PDF 2.5 Mb)
Colin Morice Met Office  
Raymond Mugandani Midlands State University R Mugandani., C Changoroma., E.T Mupfiga., T Ben:
Keynote: Surface temperature extremes over Zimbabwe (PDF 0.7 Mb)
Hector Nieto University of Copenhagen  
Folke-Sören Olesen Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Keynote: Progress and Challenges in African Surface Temperature Science (PDF 4.2Mb)
Michael Perry University of Leicester / Physics and Astronomy  
Simon Pinnock European Space Agency  
Nick Rayner Met Office Hadley Centre  
John Remedios University of Leicester  
Jared Rennie CICS-NC Jared Rennie, Peter Thorne, Jay Lawrimore, Byron Gleason, Matt Menne, Claude Williams:
An Open and Transparent Databank of Global Land Surface Temperature (PDF 2.7 Mb)
Benjamin Scarino Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Benjamin Scarino, Patrick Minnis, and Thad Chee:
Correcting the View Angle Dependency of Geostationary Satellite Skin Temperature Measurements over Africa (PDF 3.3 Mb)
Fredrick Semazzi North Carolina State University (NCSU) Keynote: Observations of Lake Victoria Water Surface Temperatures and Use with Models (PDF 4.3 Mb)
José A. Sobrino University of Valencia J. A. Sobrino, J. C. Jiménez-Muñoz, A. Ruescas, O. Danne, C. Brockmann, C. Mattar, G. Hulley, F. M. Göttsche:
Validation of Land Surface Temperature/Emissivity derived from SEVIRI and AATSR over African sites (PDF 1.6 Mb)
Daithi Stone Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Keynote: Surface temperature and African climate (PDF 1.2 Mb)
Arame Tall CCAFS Climate Services Keynote: It's Important To Focus On Africa (MP4 14.8 Mb)
Anke Tetzlaff MeteoSchweiz  
Peter Thorne NERSC Keynote: Measuring and interpreting Land Surface Air Temperatures over Africa (PDF 9.1 Mb)
Isabel Trigo IPMA Keynote: Satellite Land Surface Temperatures (PDF 10.7 Mb)
Karen Veal University of Leicester  
Yunyue Yu NOAA/NESDIS Yunyue Yu, Yuling Liu, Zhuo Wang, Peng Yu, Ivan Csiszar:
S-NPP/VIIRS Land Surface Temperature EDR – Provisional release (PDF 0.7 Mb)
Yunyue Yu, Yuling Liu, Zhuo Wang, Peng Yu, Jaime Daniels:
Issues in LST Cross-satellite Comparison (PDF 1.2 Mb)

Surface temperatures in key land regions is the topic of the third EarthTemp Network workshop. One focus region is Africa, which is particularly sparsely observed in situ, but the network remains inclusive and open to surface temperature researchers of all backgrounds who are interested in sharing knowledge and making connections across sub-discipline boundaries.

The workshop aims to facilitate collaborations between researchers and will have substantial dialogue and networking activities as well as invited overview presentations, panel discussions and the opportunity to present your work in poster sessions. Sessions planned for the programme are:

  • Overview presentations by invited speakers
  • Plenary discussions
  • Networking activities
  • Breakout discussion groups
  • Poster sessions & Poster discussions

The programme is available for download (PDF, 115kb).

This workshop was followed by a separate GlobTemperature user consultation meeting (run by the European Space Agency, ESA) in the same venue on 25-26 June 2014.

Surface temperatures in key under-observed land regions is the principal scientific topic of the third year of the EarthTemp research network. The third workshop (23-25 June 2014 in Karlsruhe) focussed on Africa, a region which has strong environmental interest in surface temperature across its varied landscapes, with increasingly useful but challenging satellite observations and with particularly sparsely observed and available digital in-situ datasets. The aim of the workshop was to share new techniques for relating surface temperature observations in sparsely observed and interface regions, to understand the use of these temperatures, to develop new collaborative projects for Africa, and to support the surface temperature community in articulating key steps forward for the future.