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  • August 23 - abstract submission deadline
  • October 4 – Response to Authors (indicating oral or poster)
  • October 15 - registration deadline
  • October 15 - deadline for discounted rate at meeting hotel
  • November 8-10 - meeting dates


In an effort to better coordinate NASA-funded projects that relate to satellite-derived SST products, the NASA Physical Oceanography Program Manager, Eric Lindstrom, formed an Interim Sea Surface Temperature Science Team (ISSTST) in 2009 consisting primarily of many of those in the U.S. research community using or developing SST products.  A workshop took place from 16-18 November 2009 which produced a white paper entitled “Sea Surface Temperature Error Budget.”  The white paper and reports from each of 6 topical breakout groups are available at the ISSTST web site (

The ISSTST has been superseded by the formation of a NASA Sea Surface Temperature Science Team announced in the 2009 ROSES Appendix A.41 “The Science of Terra and Aqua” with the following description:

The Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Science Team will be responsible for the quality and integrity of NASA’s measurements of global sea surface temperature. This team replaces former instrument science teams, specifically the SST components of MODIS, NPP, ASTER, and AMSR-E Science Teams. The SST Science Team will address estimates of SST as follows:

1) algorithm development, refinement, and maintenance for the systematic time series and new, exploratory or one-time measurements;
2) calibration and validation of measurements, including cross-calibration and intercomparison of systematic measurements and data products from different sensors used to produce a time series;
3) data processing, production, and distribution for measurements; and
4) scientific utilization of measurements and data products to understand the SST uncertainty budget, as well as utilization of these measurements in combination with other ocean and atmosphere measurements to understand the general circulation of the ocean and air-sea coupling in the global climate system.

The first SST Science Team Meeting will be held from 8-10 November 2010 in Seattle, Washington.  The meeting is open to all interested individuals and will include both oral and poster presentations.

Meeting Overview

The overarching goal of the November 2010 meeting is to build on the results of the 2009 ISSTST meeting as summarized in the White Paper. In addition to continuing the quantification of technical aspects of the error budget (items 1-3 above), the 2010 meeting will continue to develop scientific applications of SST data in terms of research opportunities, and space/time sampling and accuracy requirements.
The following is from section 1.1 of the White Paper. “Science applications which benefit from satellite SST products cover the full range of temporal and spatial scales. Time scales associated with ocean processes include diurnal, multi-day, intraseasonal, seasonal, annual, interannual, decadal, and longer term trends. Associated space scales cover the full range - from the meter to the global scale. Phenomena and processes include:  diurnal warming and cooling cycle; surface expression of internal waves; regional air/sea interaction processes including synoptic events, intraseasonal processes (especially in the tropical and coastal regions), fluxes near fronts, and convection and mixing in mode and deep water formation regions; open ocean fronts; regional to basin-scale fluxes of heat, evaporation, and precipitation associated with the seasonal cycle, trade wind, and monsoon regimes; seasonal-to-interannual basin- and global-scale processes such as ENSO; decadal variability such as the PDO; and global change-induced trends. For the coastal regions (and in lakes) applications include: upwelling, sub-mesoscale eddies and fronts, jets and filaments, and the impact of biogeochemical, pollutant, and river inflow processes on both dynamics and optical properties. In many cases the effects of coastal processes extend well offshore and influence open ocean conditions. In addition to covering the full range of spatial and temporal scales, the phenomena and processes have associated space/time signatures and amplitudes that vary regionally.”

The broad range of applications for which SST fields are used results in an equally broad range of requirements with regard to the accuracy of these fields. For example, the generation of climate data records (CDRs) poses fairly stringent requirements on the accuracy of derived SST products. The meeting welcomes abstracts addressing technical aspects of the SST error budget as well as scientific applications which use SST fields in a fundamental way.

Registration and Abstracts:  Advance registration and abstract submissions are required via the conference website.  Deadline for abstract submission: August 23, 2010.  Deadline for registration and guaranteed hotel rate: October 15, 2010.

Abstracts are requested in the topic areas below.  Participants are encouraged to consider their submission in the context of its relevance to the SST error budget as outlined in the Executive Summary of the ISSTST White Paper.

  1. The physical basis of SST measurements
  2. Radiative transfer modeling and SST retrieval algorithm development
  3. Calibration, instrument characterization, and measurement validation: pre-launch and on-orbit
  4. Data merging and gridding
  5. The Climate Record: reprocessing, data access, and stability of climate record, and
  6. Applications of SST measurement

Oral and Poster Presentations: The agenda will include contributed oral and poster presentations based on the number and topics of abstracts submitted.

Language of the Workshop: English.


Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington



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