The Feature Fidelity task team was formed to address issues of uncertainty of satellite-derived SST fields in relation to the study of oceanographic features at mesoscale and smaller, i.e <O(100 km). Features such as currents, fronts, eddies, and gradients are defined by differences in SST over the spatial scale of interest. Critical to the study of these features is the uncertainty in the SST differences rather than the uncertainty in the absolute SST.

OBJECTIVES

Address issues of uncertainty of satellite-derived SST fields in relation to the study of oceanographic features at mesoscale and smaller, i.e <O(100 km).

ACTIVITIES

Task 1: Classification of types of problems contributing to uncertainties at different spatial scales

Task 2: Identification of effects giving rise to these problems

Task 3: Outline approaches to quantifying the uncertainties of interest

Two approaches will be investigated:

  • Metrological approach: propagation of errors through the processing steps
  • Determine uncertainty from the variance of the SST fields

LAST REPORT TO THE SCIENCE TEAM

TASK TEAM MEMBERS

Chair and co-chair: Peter Cornillon (University of Rhode Island, USA) and Cristina Gonzalez Haro (CSIC)

Members: Owen Embury, Irina Gladkova, Lei Guan, Jordi Isern-Fontanet, Chris Merchant, Gary Wick.

INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING?

Please contact the chair/co-chair directly:

  • Peter Cornillon, pcornillon@uri.edu
  • Cristina Gonzalez Haro, cgharo@icm.csic.es