The surface temperatures of Earth: steps towards integrated understanding of variability and change

Merchant, C. J.; Matthiesen, S.; Rayner, N. A.; Remedios, J. J.; Jones, P. D.; Olesen, F.; Trewin, B.; Thorne, P. W.; Auchmann, Renate; Corlett, G. K.; Guillevic, P. C.; Hulley, G. C. (2013). The surface temperatures of Earth: steps towards integrated understanding of variability and change. Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems, 2(2), pp. 305-321. Copernicus 10.5194/gi-2-305-2013

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Surface temperature is a key aspect of weather and climate, but the term may refer to different quantities that play interconnected roles and are observed by different means. In a community-based activity in June 2012, the EarthTemp Network brought together 55 researchers from five continents to improve the interaction between scientific communities who focus on surface temperature in particular domains, to exploit the strengths of different observing systems and to better meet the needs of different communities. The workshop identified key needs for progress towards meeting scientific and societal requirements for surface temperature understanding and information, which are presented in this community paper. A "whole-Earth" perspective is required with more integrated, collaborative approaches to observing and understanding Earth's various surface temperatures. It is necessary to build understanding of the relationships between different surface temperatures, where presently inadequate, and undertake large-scale systematic intercomparisons. Datasets need to be easier to obtain and exploit for a wide constituency of users, with the differences and complementarities communicated in readily understood terms, and realistic and consistent uncertainty information provided. Steps were also recommended to curate and make available data that are presently inaccessible, develop new observing systems and build capacities to accelerate progress in the accuracy and usability of surface temperature datasets.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Climatology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Auchmann, Renate

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

2193-0864

Publisher:

Copernicus

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2014 09:51

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 01:50

Publisher DOI:

10.5194/gi-2-305-2013

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.47218

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/47218

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