Minimize QA4EO Cal/Val Workshop#1
Minimize Background

QA4EO (Quality Assurance for Earth Observation) is the new framework, which replaced the data quality service series of contracts of which IDEAS+ (Instrument Data Evaluation and Analysis Service) has been the last. The key purpose of the QA4EO service is to ensure, on behalf of ESA SPPA section, the best possible quality of EO products made available to the end users. In order to achieve this goal, the QA4EO service covers a wide range of activities, such as data quality control, calibration, validation, algorithm evolution, and processor updates.

As part of the overall QA4EO service, the Task 2 Cal/Val is where innovative ideas are encouraged and incubated with the long-term goal to propose and validate new approaches and methods for improving the accuracy and uncertainty estimate of ESA operational products. The QA4EO Task 2 is built around two main components: Metrology and Cal/Val. The metrology component is the foundation element around which the R&D and Cal/Val activities are developed with the final goal of ensuring that ESA satellite products are fit for the purpose and meet, and eventually exceed, the mission requirements set in the MRD.

Regular Workshops are held every 9 months with the whole QA4EO Task 2 Cal/Val teams in order to review the status of current activities, foster synergies among the various groups and agree on the planning for the future.

The 1st QA4EO Cal/Val Workshop is scheduled during 19 – 21 February 2020 in "La Sapienza" University in Rome, Italy.

Minimize Objectives

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • To review the status and the planning of the QA4EO Cal/Val projects;
  • To encourage synergies across different Cal/Val activities;
  • To foster new ideas and explore potential evolutions;
  • To formulate recommendations for improvements on Cal/Val protocols/methodologies, validation data analysis and associated algorithm baseline evolution
Minimize Expected Outcome

The main outcome of the Workshop will be a set of recommendations on how to refine/improve current ESA SPPA Cal/Val strategy in the various EO domains: Land, Atmosphere, Water and Cryosphere, which are covered within QA4EO contract.

Minimize Programme

The Workshop Programme is available here.

Minimize Venue

General information and Meeting logistics can be found here

Minimize Organization
  Organisation committee    
  Philippe Goryl (ESA)    
  Fabrizio Niro (Serco)    
  Stefano Casadio (Serco)    
  Marco Cacciani (Sapienza University)    


Minimize Contact Information

Dr. Fabrizio Niro (