QA4ECV: A robust quality assurance service for terrestrial and atmospheric ECVs and ECV precursors

TitleQA4ECV: A robust quality assurance service for terrestrial and atmospheric ECVs and ECV precursors
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsScanlon, T, Nightingale, J, Muller, J-P, Boersma, F, De Rudder, A, Lambert, J-C
Conference NameRSPSoc, NCEO and CEOI-ST Joint Annual Conference 2015
Date Published09/2015
Conference LocationThe University of Southampton
Abstract

The development of robust and community accepted Quality Assurance (QA) services for Earth Observation (EO) products is key to ensuring that QA information is provided in a clear and consistent manner throughout the community. Where the QA information includes comprehensive details of the processing algorithm and the estimation of uncertainties, this improves the communication of the products to end-users, ensuring suitable products are chosen for the end-user applications. The Quality Assurance for Essential Climate Variables (QA4ECV) project (which has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under QA4ECV grant agreement no. 607405) is developing such a QA service. This service will consist of various procedures, good practice guidance and specifications for suitable tools. All of these elements will be underpinned by robust and targeted scientific studies focusing on uncertainty estimation and propagation through ECV processing algorithms.