Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 453–472, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-6-453-2017
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 453–472, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-6-453-2017

Research article 06 Nov 2017

Research article | 06 Nov 2017

Making better sense of the mosaic of environmental measurement networks: a system-of-systems approach and quantitative assessment

Peter W. Thorne et al.

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The term system-of-systems with respect to observational capabilities is frequently used, but what does it mean and how can it be assessed? Here, we define one possible interpretation of a system-of-systems architecture that is based upon demonstrable aspects of observing capabilities. We develop a set of assessment strands and then apply these to a set of atmospheric observational networks to decide which observations may be suitable for characterising satellite platforms in future work.