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Global open heat data -talk to the scientists

Events, Heat, NCEO, UHI  |  14 May, 2020  |  Reading time: 1 minute

24 - 26 June 2020  |  Online

An online workshop for both users and providers of satellite Land Surface Temperature data to share their experiences and knowledge in this field.  The focus of the meeting will be on LST data set development and applications.

The ESA Land Surface Temperature (LST) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) User Workshop will be held on 24th June to 26th June 2020 online. Register for the user workshop.

The workshop is open to anyone who works with satellite LST data, or who has an interest in working with these data in the future.  The workshop will provide a forum for both users and providers of satellite LST data to share their experiences and knowledge in this field.  The focus of the meeting will be on LST data set development and applications.

In addition to providing a brief overview of the LST CCI project, the topics for this workshop will include (but are not limited to):

  • Climate user applications
  • Climate user requirements
  • Development of climate LST data sets
  • Uncertainties in satellite retrievals
  • Climate services and satellite LST
  • The role of satellite LST observations in future IPCC Assessment Reports

The workshop will comprise a mixture of oral and poster presentations, and group discussions.

To receive updates about the LST CCI project, or to contact any of the LST CCI project team, please contact the team.

The Land Surface Temperature (LST) European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative project is developing new LST data sets targeted for climate applications.

The project aim is to deliver a significant improvement on the capability of current satellite LST data records to meet the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) requirements for climate applications and realise the full potential of long-term LST data for climate science although scientists at the University of Leicester are also looking at how this data can be exploited for societal and commercial services (see the heat data & vulnerability  page for further information).

The LST CCI project will provide a suite of LST products in a common format with well-characterised uncertainties.  Satellite Sensors processed in the project include:

In addition to single-sensor products, the project will produce:

  • A global climate data record (CDR) based on ATSR-2/AATSR/MODIS/SLSTR
  • A global 3-hourly merged product based on both low-earth orbiting (LEO) and geostationary (GEO) infrared (IR) sensors
  • An experimental global blended IR and microwave (MW) product.

If you would like to know more about the LST CCI project, please visit the dedicated website:

The CCI Exploitation Task Group is an activity of the Space4climate group. Chaired by the UK Space Agency, Space4Climate spans government, industry and academia, uniting UK space-enabled climate expertise and services. The Space4Climate group is coordinated and hosted by the National Centre for Earth Observation at the University of Reading.

The European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is a research programme dedicated to generating satellite-derived Essential Climate Variables, required by the UNFCCC and IPCC, to support evidence-based decision-making. The CCI is run from the ESA Earth Observation Climate Office  at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications based in Harwell, UK. The programme capitalises on the world class sciences in the UK studying Essential Climate Variables such as Sea Surface Temperature, Ozone and Land Surface Temperature. The CCI data can be accessed via this data portal:

The UK has been a member of ESA and its predecessor organisations since the 1960s. ESA enables us to share costs and risks on missions which are of global interest, access a vast pool of technical expertise and facilities enabling us to collaborate scientifically and technically with other countries but also to take part in multi-lateral missions.