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European service to the GODAE High resolution SST Pilot Project (GHRSST-PP)

A European Contribution to the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) Gridded High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project (GHRSST-PP)

Project References
 Title European service to the GODAE High resolution SST Pilot Project (GHRSST-PP)
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Ocean
 Cost €1,300k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (2005-2008)
Project Description
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The international GODAE steering committee initiated the international GODAE High Resolution SST Pilot Project (GHRSST-PP) to develop a system that will deliver a new generation of global coverage high-resolution (better than 10 km and ~6 hourly) SST data products in real time that are tuned to the requirements of modern operational oceanography.

GHRSST-PP data products will be derived by combining complementary Level-2 (L2) satellite and in situ observations to improve spatial coverage, temporal resolution, cross-sensor calibration stability and SST product accuracy through synergy.

Due to the large volumes of data that are considered by the GHRSST-PP and the demanding data product delivery constraints, the GHRSST-PP is designed as a distributed processing system. The strategic implementation concept of regional/global task sharing (RGTS) by regional data product assembly centres (RDAC) interconnected by dedicated, fast data connections has been adopted to underpin the practical implementation of the GHRSST-PP data processing system. RDAC ingest, quality control and merge together existing L2 satellite and in situ data sources to generate regional area coverage quality controlled data products in real-time. Every 6 hours, these data products are consolidated at RDAC and sent to a Global Data Analysis Centre (GDAC) where they are integrated together with other RDAC data streams having an identical data format but covering different geographical areas to provide global coverage data products.

The Medspiration project provided a European RDAC service to the GHRSST-PP during 2004-2006 by generating and disseminating European and Atlantic area SST data products according to the GHRSST-PP Detailed Processing Model (DPM) [AP-1]. In addition, Medspiration served the direct needs of the European SST user community.

 Results 1st Data Product Quality Review (DPQR)
2nd Data Product Quality Review (DPQR)
ESA's Medspiration Service, Ian Robinson, I., Piollé, J.
Product User Guide
Reference Baseline (RB)
System Requirements Document (RB)
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor SOC - LSO : Southampton Oceanography Centre, Laboratory for Satellite Oceanography, Univeristy of Southampton
 Subcontractors CNR-ISAC RM GOS : Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) Rome - Satellite Oceanography Group
Ifremer : French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea - Ocean Research Division - Laboratory of Oceanography from Space (DRO)
METEO FRANCE - CMS : METEO FRANCE - Centre for Space Meteorology
User Partnership
 Users Black sea GOOS : Black Sea Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
BOOS : Baltic Operational Oceanographic System (BOOS)
DMI : Danish Meteorological Institute
ECMWF : European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
FOAM : Met Office, UK, Forecasting Ocean Assimilation Model
GHRSST-PP : GODAE High Resolution SST Pilot Project (GHRSST-PP)
MERCATOR : Mercator Ocean organisation
Met Office : Met Office Hadley Centre
MET.NO : Norwegian Meteorological Institute
MFC : Norwegian Meteorological Institute's Marine Forecasting Centre (MFC)
NPI : Norwegian Polar Institute
RDANH : Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography
SMOS Cal Val Team : SMOS Calibration Validation Team
TOPAZ : Towards an operational prediction system for the North Atlantic European Coastal Zones
TV5 : TV5
Contact Points
 Project Manager Pr Ian Robinson
The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
 Technical Officer Dr Olivier Arino
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
Tel: +39 06-941.80564
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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