Pasadena, Californa | 19 July 2023

GHRSST Sessions at IGARSS 2023 – Advancing Sea Surface Temperature Research

GHRSST made its mark at the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2023 in Pasadena, California this year. The two sessions on SST applications garnered attention, with a turnout of nearly 30 attendees. The two sessions were chaired by the GHRSST Science Team Members, Ioanna Karagali, Jorge Vazquez with Cristina Gonzalez Haro, Ed Armstrong and J.F. Piolle also present.

Held on 19 July 2023, the discussions following the two sessions on SST applications and the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) provided insightful feedback for the team. Find a summary of this discussion below.

  • High Resolution (HR) is not only spatial but also temporal, GHRSST to also advocate about high temporal resolution to the agencies. Coastal dynamic areas e.g. tidal but also open ocean, e.g. for diurnal warming, can benefit from high temporal resolution.
  • Cloud cover information on the search catalogue so that users can use it as search criterion.
  • Interesting examples of using Machine Learning (ML) to fill missing gaps in SST.

Beyond Spatial High Resolution – Embracing Temporal High Resolution

One key takeaway was the recognition that High Resolution (HR) in SST was not only spatial but also temporal aspects. GHRSST will play a role in advocating this message for higher temporal resolution data to the agencies. Embracing high temporal resolution can bring many benefits such as understanding coastal dynamic areas e.g. tidal but also open ocean, e.g. for diurnal warming.

Enhancing User Experience with Cloud Cover Information

Participants discussed the significance of integrating cloud cover information into the search catalogue. Such an inclusion would allow users to use this information in their search criterion to make better-informed decisions when working with SST datasets.

Machine Learning’s Promise in Gap Filling

Machine Learning (ML) was also mentioned as a key piece to fill missing gaps in SST.

Thank you to everyone for stopping by and engaging in the discussions. Check out some pictures from IGARSS 2023 below!

Photo credits: Ioanna Karagali and Cristina Gonzalez Haro.

Find the presentation from Ed Armstrong on “GHRSST Data Discovery and Cataloguing Service: A federated access to all sea surface temperature daa” presented during the “SST applications and GHRSST” session (WE1.R16) on the GHRSST Zenodo Community here.