EUSTACE Objectives

Design, develop, build and run a sustainable system to create a global daily near-surface air temperature data set from 1850 with consistent uncertainty information.

EUSTACE addressed the key transformational challenge in utilising Earth Observation surface skin temperature data, namely the derivation of surface air temperature consistently across all surfaces of Earth from land and lakes to ocean and ice. Surface air temperature is not observed directly by satellite instruments and, therefore, innovative advances were needed to derive it. The value of such a step forward is in the availability of novel data sets that climate models, including Earth System models, can utilise directly.

Seven top level objectives:

In order to achieve this overall aim, EUSTACE had seven top-level objectives: