AGU Ocean Science Special Session

Monday, July 25, 2005

TAs one of the Conveners of this Special Ocean Science Session is the PO.DAAC Task Scientist, this announcement is being sent as a courtesy via the PO.DAAC email list.

Dear Ocean Colleagues,

Aloha! We cordially encourage you to submit an abstract for our special session, "(OS037) The Development and Application of Ocean Climate Data Records from Space", to be held during the upcoming TOS/ASLO/AGU 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting, being held 20-24 February 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This session seeks to bring together both those developing space-based ocean "climate data records" and those using them in scientific, educational, and operational applications. If you are involved with the creation of consistent, long-term ocean records involving a satellite component or in their use, then this session is for you! Abstracts must be submitted by October 13 (postal mail deadline) or October 20 (electronic submission deadline) at

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested, and please don't hesitate to send us your questions. The full abstract of the session and our contact information is shown below. We look forward to seeing you on the beautiful island of O'ahu!

Mahalo nui loa,

Ken Casey
(NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center)

Jorge Vazquez
(JPL/Caltech Physical Oceanography DAAC)

Craig Donlon
(National Centre for Ocean Forecasting, UK Met Office

Special Session Number: OS037

Title: The Development and Application of Ocean Climate Data Records from Space

Session Description:
With over 20 years of space-based observations of the world's oceans available, a need to develop climate data records and an opportunity to achieve new scientific understandings through their application has emerged. While definitions of a "climate data record" vary to some degree, they tend to share several characteristics including being long-term, consistently processed, highly accurate, and produced with associated uncertainties using systems that combine sustained, ongoing capacity with the latest community consensus science knowledge and best practices. The application of these remotely-sensed ocean climate data records, which often contain a significant in situ component, spans an incredible range of scientific fields. These areas of application include climate change monitoring and numerical prediction, coral bleaching and disease, the oceans and human disease outbreaks, ocean circulation, and sea level change, among many others. Educational and operational applications also benefit significantly through the ocean climate data record's ability to provide case studies and climatological context for improved interpretation of real-time information. This session brings together both those generating these satellite-based records, including but not limited to sea surface temperature, sea surface topography, ocean color, marine winds, and sea ice, and those advancing the state of knowledge through their application.


Kenneth S Casey
NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD, USA 20910
301-713-3272 x133

Jorge Vazquez
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA, USA 91109

Craig Donlon
National Centre for Ocean Forecasting, Hadley Centre, UK Met Office
Fitzroy Road
Exeter, GBR EX1 3PB
+44 (0)1392 886622