International Land Surface and Emissivity
Working Group

The International Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity Working Group (ILSTE-WG) aims to provide advice and recommendations to the wider scientific and user communities on the best practices for retrieval, validation and exploitation of Land Surface Temperature (LST), Ice Surface Temperature (IST), Lake Surface Water Temperature (LSWT), and Land Surface Emissivity(LSE).

This Group is an international collective providing a unifying, collaborative element in the LST / LSE community bringing together users with producers and providers of data. The concept of where the ILSTE-WG fits within the LST / LSE community is driven by the overarching aim to enable the LST / LSE community to achieve breakthroughs in the provision and exploitation of LST data in key areas. As such the ILSTE-WG:

  • Represents the best available expertise in LST and LSE data techniques and LST-related science, sharing best practice amongst data providers and data experts
  • Provides a forum for linking LST data provision from different sources, raising the profile of LST and LSE data with user communities
  • Is a natural conduit for interactions with operational agencies
  • Provides a platform for co-ordinated validation programmes
  • Provides an additional international dimension for interactions with users, delivering easy access to LST and LSE information, enabling users to build expertise and strengthening feed backs between users and data providers
  • Is working collectively with major international bodies such as the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) to increase the profiles of LST and LSE