Workshop Report/Summary

Uncertainty Management in Remote Sensing of Climate Data: Summary of a Workshop (2009)

Satellites and other remote sensing tools have gathered a great deal of useful data on the Earth's climate system. Much of this data is complex, with multiple components and sources of uncertainty. This summary highlights discussions at a workshop, held on December 4, 2008, which brought statisticians, climate scientists, and experts in remote sensing together to confer on managing uncertainties in remotely sensed climate data. Attendees raised issues for researchers to consider in the future, including improvements in spatial and temporal autocorrelation, and increased physical knowledge in statistical modeling. Participants discussed the need for further collaborations between earth scientists and statisticians to develop a comprehensive statistical framework for analyzing remotely sensed climate data and aid in communicating uncertainties.