Ahmedabad, India – October 16 – 20, 2023

GHRSST24, which took place over five days, featured a hybrid format, allowing participants from around the world to connect, share knowledge, and contribute to the dialogue. Attendees included researchers, scientists, students, and practitioners involved in SST-related work. GHRSST24 not only facilitated meaningful discussions but also opened doors for international collaborations and opportunities for the GHRSST Community, newcomers, and early career researchers and scientists.

The opening of the Director of SAC, ISRO and Science Team Chair, Anne O’Carroll welcomed participants online and in-person from around the world to this year’s event.

The event revolved around six Science Sessions, each addressing vital aspects of SST research:

  1. Science Applications for Operational Users of SST in India: This session cast a spotlight on the importance of SST within the Indian context.
  2. Processing and Product Generation: Attendees engaged in discussions concerning the latest advancements in SST data processing, which included cloud masking, noise reduction, and the innovative application of machine learning techniques.
  3. Calibration, Validation, and Product Assessment: This session placed a strong emphasis on the calibration and validation of satellite-derived SST products, highlighting quality control measures and the meticulous assessment of uncertainties.
  4. Retrieval Algorithms: Experts explored the evolving landscape of retrieval algorithms, drawing attention to AI/ML techniques, as well as the critical role of atmospheric correction, all essential components for accurate SST estimation.
  5. Computing and Products: Attendees were enlightened about the introduction of new SST products and innovative data analysis methodologies, some of which harnessed the power of cloud computing resources to analyze vast datasets efficiently.
  6. High-Resolution Future Satellite Missions: The future of high-resolution satellite missions took center stage in this session. It probed upcoming high-resolution satellite missions and their significant implications for SST research. Special attention was given to their applications in coastal zones and high-latitude regions.

Beyond the Science Sessions, GHRSST News Items were presented by Science Team members on MODIS and Marine Heatwaves . These news items delved into important and pressing topics, leading to meaningful discussions among participants, both online and in person Moreover, Task Teams and Agencies shared their reports for the year 2023 and participants and GHRSST Agencies were invited to contribute to the shaping of GHRSST Priorities and best practices for SST data producers. The venue was also set up with a series of posters, including 2 in-person poster sessions for those in Ahmedabad.

You can find all the presentations and recordings on the GHRSST24 Moodle and watch all the proceedings from GHRSST24 on the GHRSST YouTube Channel. 

Find pictures from GHRSST24 on our Padlet here!

The GHRSST Community extends its gratitude to ISRO, SAC, DMI and all the contributors who helped make GHRSST24 a success.


We were also joined by Dorina Surcel-Colan from Environment Canada. EC will be hosting next year’s symposium and science team meeting, GHRSST25, in Montreal, Canada. More details will follow, but be sure to save the date (June 10 t0 14, 2024).