The full extent of the impact of climate change on society and the most effective strategies to mitigate it remain uncertain. A key limitation is the performance of forecast models and the quality of the data that drives them. Remote sensing from space is the major means of obtaining climate data on a global scale, but the challenging conditions faced during launch and in space severely limit the accuracy of measurements made there.
This project will use results from EMRP projects ENV04 Met-EOC1 and ENV53 Met-EOC2 to improve pre- and post-launch calibration and validation of remote climate sensors, by improving the usability of standards in space and ground-based test sites. The project will also establish a method for assigning quality metrics to climate data. This will further improve the reliability of evidence concerning the scale and timescale of climate change for policy makers, and provide essential support to mitigation and adaptation strategies that ensure a sustainable environment and quality of life for European citizens.