National Physical Laboratory

C3S Evaluation and Quality Control (EQCO)

Project Dates: Oct 2016 – Jan 2019

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) aims to provide reliable information about the current, past and future state of the climate through a Climate Data Store. The data will be provided with a quality assessment which hopes to better inform policy makers and public authorities on environmental information to support adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

Before being entered into the Climate Data Store, data products will first undergo a scientific quality assessment. The Evaluation and Quality Control for observations project (EQCO), led by NPL, will deliver a quality assurance framework aimed at informing users of the methods used in the retrieval algorithm, the completeness of the quality indicators provided and how suitable it is for particular applications. To facilitate the production of these assessments for a large number of datasets, EQCO will construct a web portal. EQCO will also provide completed scientific assessments and gap analyses on multiple datasets (EO and in situ) to ensure practicability of the framework.

The work being undertaken in this project is using tools and methods established in QA4ECV. The web portal, in particular, has reapplied many ideas from QA4ECV's quality assurance system.

Funding source: EU-funded through the Copernicus programme, implemented by European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

Contacts: Joanne Nightingale, Sarah Douglas and James Ryder


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