MetEOC / MetEOC-2
European Metrology for Earth Observation and Climate
Remote monitoring of the Earth system is crucial to enable better stewardship of the environment and most importantly to provide the necessary information to aid policy makers in the development of appropriate mitigation strategies to respond to climate change. This must be tackled through global observations that can only be made from space.
Although such observations have and are being made, the harsh and challenging environment of space limits the uncertainty currently attainable. In the specific case of climate this is often a factor of 10 larger than required by the community. This drive for reduced uncertainty together with the need to synergistically combine data from a variety of sources (space and in-situ) has placed "traceability" and its reliable quantification at the top of the agenda of space agencies and wider GEO (Group on Earth Observation) community.
In the case of satellites, improvements in uncertainty and traceability are needed throughout all stages of data production: pre-flight and post-launch calibration and validation and all the intermediate processing steps. The technical scope required spans the full electro-magnetic spectrum and entails the evolution of laboratory-based metrology into field (and space) situations whilst maintaining, and in some cases improving, the uncertainty available from nominally primary standards and facilities.
This site is the dedicated to providing the EO and climate community: Instrument builders; data: collectors, users and builders; with access to guidance on best metrology practises, standards and tools for assigning an uncertainty to EO and climate data and derived information. It is the public face of an ongoing series of projects funded by the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET) under the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) which is delivered by a consortium of European National Metrology Institutes and other expert groups.
Our vision is to establish a European centre of excellence of Metrology to support Earth Observation and Climate as a 'one-stop-shop': enabling European calibration scientists and engineers to deliver cost effective, fit for purpose SI traceable solutions to meet the needs of industry, funding organisations and the user community.