CLIVAR/ESA scientific consultation workshop on: Earth Observation Measurement Constraints on Ocean Heat Budget

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 to Thursday, July 4, 2013
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Reading, UK


Wednesday, 3 July, 2013 - Thursday, 4 July, 2013

Background & Objectives

ESA plans to start an “Earth Observation” (EO) related scientific activity this year - referred here as “Ocean Heat Flux” - within the framework of the ESA “Support to Science Element” ( to support the new CLIVAR research opportunity addressing the “Consistency between Planetary Heat Balance and Ocean Heat storage”.

In this context, the workshop provides an opportunity to the scientific community to further shape the ESA activity by gathering the scientific requirements in terms of EO data and products to support the new CLIVAR research opportunity, while building upon recent recommendations of CLIVAR GSOP-WHOI Workshop on Ocean Syntheses and Surface Flux Evaluation, and complementing existing activities such as Seaflux (

The main outcome of the workshop will be a “EO Requirement” document providing ESA with recommendations on the requirements for new EO products, reference data sets and methodology to generate new products in support of the new CLIVAR research activity.

Another outcome will be a “Roadmap” document providing CLIVAR with input for a future “White Paper” describing the implementation strategy of the broader agenda of the new research opportunity. 

Meeting report

The meeting report is now available online.

Meeting presentations