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2014 HyspIRI Product Symposium, 4-6, Jun 2014, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA.

1st International Satellite Snow Products Intercomparison workshop (ISSPI), 21-23, July 2014, College Park, Maryland, USA.

2nd ESA DUE GlobTemperature User Consultation Meeting, 25-26th June 2014, Karlsruhe, Germany. Abstract submission deadline, 14 Apr 2014.

2014 Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing, 22 - 26 Sep 2014, Valencia, Spain. Abstract submission deadline, 28 Feb 2014.

37th CEOS WGCV-36, Frascati, Italy, Feb 17-21, 2014.

GV2M: Global Vegetation Monitoring and Modelling, 3rd - 7th Feb 2014, Palais des Papes, Avignon, France.

7th EARSeL Workshop on Land Ice and Snow, Feb 03 - 06, 2014, Bern, Switzerland.

Land Product Validation & Evolution workshop, Jan 28-30, 2014, Frascati, Italy.

1st LPV Workshop on Fpar, Jan 23-24, 2014 at the European Commission, Ispra, Italy.

9th EARSeL Forest Fire Workshop, Oct 15 - 17, 2013, Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, UK.

36th CEOS WGCV-36, Shanghai, China, May 13-17, 2013.

Envisat-MERIS 10-Daily composite (EM10) data available, free download via the VITO website, 2010 through March 2012, back dates being processed.

AGU Special Session: Quality Assessment of Satellite-Derived Land Surface Variables, San Francisco, CA, Dec 3-7, 2012.

SMAP Cal/Val Workshop #3 , Oxnard, CA, Nov 14-16, 2012.

WGCV-35/WGISS-34 Joint Meeting, Balanagar, Hyderabad, India, Sep 24-28, 2012.

The 2nd International Workshop on the Validation of Satellite-based Land Surface Phenology Products, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Sep 14, 2012.

Phenology 2012 Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Sep 10-13, 2012.

2nd TERRABITES Symposium, ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, Feb 6-8, 2012.

CEOS WGCV 34th Plenary meeting, Brisbane, Australia, Feb 6-10, 2012.

Special Interest Group - Thermal Remote Sensing , Frascati, Italy, Dec 7-9, 2011.

QA4EO Workshop on Providing Harmonised Quality Information in EO Data by 2015, 18-20 October 2011.

SMAP Applications Workshop #2, Washington, DC, October 12-13, 2011.

iLEAPS 3rd Science Conference, 18-23 September 2011, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.



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The value of satellite derived land products for science applications and research is dependent upon the known accuracy of the data. The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the space arm of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), plays a key role in coordinating the land product validation process. The Land Product Validation (LPV) sub-group of the CEOS Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV) aims to address the challenges associated with the validation of global land products.  The LPV subgroup activities are divided up into 9 focus areas related to satellite product families; biophysical (includes LAI and FAPAR), surface radiation/albedo, fire/burn scar detection, land cover mapping, land surface temperature/emissivity, soil moisture, snow and phenology.

LPV Terms of Reference

  • Provide the interface between the user community, product developers, CEOS and GEO in relation to product validation requirements, measurement standards and definitions for current and future missions
  • Develop CEOS-endorsed community consensus “best practice” protocols for land product validation, data collection, analysis and accuracy reporting
  • Identify and support global core sites for both systematic and episodic measurements of land surface properties via tower measurements, field campaigns, use of ground and near-surface sensors (with IVOS and WGISS)
  • Contribute to satellite land product inter-comparison activities
  • Develop procedures for validation data exchange and management
Validation is the process of assessing, by independent means, the quality of the data products derived from the system outputs
A hierarchical approach to classify land product validation stages was adopted by CEOS through consensus of the LPV community in 2003 and revised in 2009.

Stage 1 Validation
Product accuracy is assessed from a small (typically < 30) set of locations and time periods by comparison with in-situ or other suitable reference data.
Stage 2 Validation

Product accuracy is estimated over a significant set of locations and time periods by comparison with reference in situ or other suitable reference data.
Spatial and temporal consistency of the product and consistency with similar products has been evaluated over globally representative locations and time periods.
Results are published in the peer-reviewed literature.

Stage 3 Validation
Uncertainties in the product and its associated structure are well quantified from comparison with reference in situ or other suitable reference data. Uncertainties are characterized in a statistically rigorous way over multiple locations and time periods representing global conditions.
Spatial and temporal consistency of the product and with similar products has been evaluated over globally representative locations and periods.
Results are published in the peer-reviewed literature.
Stage 4 Validation
Validation results for stage 3 are systematically updated when
new product versions are released and as the time-series expands.


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