Online — EarthTemp is a network to stimulate new international collaboration in measuring and understanding the surface temperatures of Earth. This will involve experts specialising in different types of measurement of surface temperature, who do not usually meet.
Their motivation is the need for better understanding of in situ measurements and satellite observations to quantify surface temperature as it changes from day to day, month to month.
Knowing about surface temperature variations matters because these affect ecosystems and human life, and the interactions of the surface and the atmosphere. (for more details, see motivations and objectives and scientific context – http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/research/earthtemp/objectives.html and http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/research/earthtemp/context.html).
The network is organised around three themes over three years.
In the first year (2012), they focused on Taking the temperature of the Earth: Temperature Variability and Change across all Domains of Earth’s Surface – http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/research/earthtemp/themes/1_in_situ_satellite.
This is an inclusive question, designed to bring together research communities and develop a full picture of common research needs and aspirations.
The second year (2013) discusses Characterising surface temperatures in data-sparse and extreme regions (with an Arctic focus – http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/research/earthtemp/themes/2_data-sparse).
Chris Merchant (Principal Investigator)
Dr. Chris Merchant is Reader in Earth Observation in the School of GeoSciences (University of Edinburgh). His principal expertise is use of thermal and reflectance imagery from satellites for observing surface temperature for climate applications, with interests also in lakes, aerosols, clouds, air-sea fluxes and the radiation budget.
John Remedios (Co-Principal Investigator)
Prof. John Remedios is Professor of Earth Observation Science (EOS) in the Space Research Centre (University of Leicester). His research interests include surface temperatures and atmospheric correction; climate trends; measurements, retrievals and exploitation of tropospheric pollution and stratospheric composition; and validation and calibration of satellite instrument data.
Nick Rayner (Co-Principal Investigator)
Dr. Nick Rayner is a scientist at the Hadley Center (Met Office) where she leads the analysis of marine climate observations. Her expertise includes sea surface temperature, marine air temperature and sea ice observations, and the the statistical reconstructions of historical climate data.
Stephan Matthiesen (Project manager)
Dr. Stephan Matthiesen is a physicist and works as project manager and researcher at the School of GeoSciences (University of Edinburgh). He is also a freelance translator and editor of scientific texts.
Jacob L. Høyer, Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)
Phil Jones, University of East Anglia (UEA)
Folke Olesen, Karslsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Hervé Roquet, Centre de Météorologie Spatiale, MeteoFrance
José Sobrino, University of Valencia
Peter Thorne, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)