International SST FRM Radiometer Network Workshop, 27 - 28 February 2019


Participants at the ISFRN Workshop, 27 - 28 February 2019

Some of the participants at the ISFRN Workshop on the 28th February 2019

On the 27th February 2019 the project hosted the first international ISFRN workshop, with scientific and operational users and producers of in situ radiometer SST data from the UK, Denmark, America, Australia, Italy and France attending. The aim of the workshop was to present and discuss ship-borne satellite SST validation activities and results, and to share the findings of the partners in the ISFRN service.

The ESA-sponsored workshop was hosted at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton and consisted of two days of presentations, posters and interactive sessions, designed to review progress, results and advances in deployments, calibration and validation as well as a discussion on a service roadmap. The workshop consisted of the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Experiences of Radiometer Operators

  • Session 2: Developing the Radiometer Network

  • Session 3: Radiometer Performance and Uncertainties

  • Session 4: Validation of Satellite SST Measurements

  • Session 5: Software and Tools

Following on from the final session, a group breakout commenced in which detailed discussions on the future of the service took place. Attendees discussed strategies for implementing future requirements or suggestions, and on possible impacts and difficulties that may ensue.

The presentations from the workshop can be found on our documents page.

The project would like to thank and acknowledge the substantial contribution of all of the participants and their funding agencies in support of this workshop.


Event Dates

27 - 28 February 2019


National Oceanography Centre Southampton



Conference Aim

The aim of this meeting is to present and discuss ship-borne satellite SST validation activities and results, and to share the findings of the partners in the ISFRN service.

This meeting brings together scientific and operational users and producers of in situ radiometer SST data to review progress, achievements and potential developments within the radiometer community. The meeting is open to anyone actively involved and interested in SST science and the use of in situ radiometers.

Please click here for the agenda.



Pre-registration to the meeting is required. There is no registration fee. To register, please contact Ruth Wilson with you name and contact details, whether you would like to join us for a social dinner on the first evening (details to come), and state whether you would like to bring a poster for the poster session (please provide the title of your poster).

The deadline for registration is 21/12/2018.



The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is the United Kingdom's primary centre for providing National Capability for oceanographic sciences and a pioneer of ocean technology. The NOC is one of six centres supported by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and funded to work on national capability programmes.  For information on the NOC legacy and technological innovations click here, and for the NOC scientific vision and research click here.


Travel and Parking

NOC is located within the Southampton Docks area and can be accessed by foot, bicycle, car or bus. Limited parking spaces are available so please email Ruth Wilson if you require a parking permit. Parking permits will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Arriving by foot

NOC is easily accessible via lit pedestrian walkways from Dock Gate 4 and Doc Gate 5. It is approximately a 5 minute walk from the gates to the NOC.

Arriving by car

By car the NOC has direct links from the M3, M27 (W) or M27 (E). From London, join the M3 and leave at Junction 14 (the M3 splits east and west at this point but you can take either direction for the slip road to the A33 into Southampton). Follow signs to Dock Gate 4 and the Waterfront for approximately 6 miles.


Travel from Southampton Parkway and Southampton Central Train Stations


Southampton Central Railway Station:

The Uni-link Bus service (U1C City Centre and NOC) bus departs every 10 minutes from outside the station, the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Current fares: £2 single £3.50 return (a return ticket allows unlimited travel all day on all Uni-link services).


The Quayconnect bus service runs from Southampton central via Asda and West Quay to Town Quay. It is then approximately a 15 minute walk from Town Quay to NOC (the route can be viewed here).


National Express coaches call at Southampton Central bus station which is a 5 minute walk to Southampton Central railway station, from which local buses can be taken to NOC (as detailed above). Time tables can be found on the National Express website.


Southampton Airport Parkway:

The Southampton Airport Parkway railway station is immediately adjacent to Southampton Airport. A train journey to Southampton central takes approximately 8 minutes, or the U1C bus departs every 20 minutes from outside the station, and the journey takes approximately 50 minutes. More information can be found on the Southampton Airport website.


For bus departure information please visit



Taxi ranks are located outside each of the train stations. A taxi directly to the National Oceanography Centre Southampton will take approximately 20 minutes from either station. 



There are several hotels within walking distance to either the conference venue or the town centre. The hotels listed below are a small selection of those in Southampton and are provided with a distance from the venue.

Room2 (0.6 miles from the NOC) - from £110 a night


Southampton Harbour Hotel (0.7 miles from the NOC) - from £165 a night. 


Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel (0.8 miles from the NOC) - from £60 a night


Holiday Inn (0.9 miles from the NOC) - from £105 a night


Grand Harbour Hotel (0.9 miles from the NOC) - from £113 a night


Travel Lodge Southampton Central (0.9 miles from the National Oceanography Centre Southampton) – rooms from £45 a night.


Premier Inn Southampton City Centre Hotel (1.4 miles from the NOC) - from £30.50 a night


Premier Inn Southampton West Quay Hotel (1.5 miles from the NOC) - from £58.50 a night


The Discover Southampton website has general information regarding the city of Southampton, including visitor information, things to do, and additional information about accomodation in the city.


We look forward to seeing you at the ISFRN Service Review Meeting.