Workshop on Mitigating Data Gaps in Monitoring Climate Change
Climate policy is, and will continue to be, based on long-term measurements taken from satellites. The inevitable gaps in measurement will increase the uncertainty and decrease the accuracy of scientific conclusions. Thus, it is important to find ways of accommodating failures in the satellite monitoring system.
Physics Laboratory sponsored a one-day workshop titled “Bridging Satellite Climate Data Gaps,” on December 10, at NIST. The goal of the workshop was to develop strategies for mitigating future gaps in data caused by satellite sensor failure or delay. Approximately 50 people attended, including experts from NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, and Utah State University.
NIST will publish an interagency report based on the discussions at this workshop. It will define possible mitigation strategies and attempt to prioritize them. NIST also plans to present the results at the SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference in San Diego in August.