Friday, 28 March 2014

What is this blog about?

This blog relates to a three year project to create climate data records of sea surface temperature, based on observations of Earth from satellites in space. The project is sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) and will run from January 2014 to March 2017.

I am the "science leader" of the project, and want to use this blog for a number of purposes.

The blog will be a useful aide-memoire for me of the discussions and conclusions that take place in the project that don't arise within formal, minuted meetings. We could use a private wiki for this, but using a blog achieves a second purpose: exposing to the public an example of how science is done. And how is science being done in this case? Collaboratively. We have a team of 8 institutions in this case, from round Europe. So, lastly, I hope the blog will help with internal communication -- hopefully team members will subscribe and get informed about aspects of the project they were not directly involved in.

We have a formal website: That says more about the project, team, our outputs (data and reports), which I won't repeat here.

Chris Merchant
University of Reading