SMAP Launch -1! The launch of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission will take place in 1 day!!! SMAP is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, 29 January at 6:20am (California time) so 15:20 on most of Europe at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  There are links to follow the launch on NASA TV(www.nasa.gov) Today from 9:30 (Still California time) yu can follow events...

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I am Charlie This Blog is dedicated to SMOS related results and activities but after what happened yesterday in Paris I feel that I cannot let another day pass without expressing myself. It is my only window open to the outside world where I can express my sadness after this gloomy day. So this post is mine, it is personal and non professional. Nobody else can be held responsible for...

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MARK your Calendars !! The 2nd SMOS SCIENCE CONFERENCE (25-29 May 2015) and the SMOS TRAINING COURSE (18-22 May 2015) will take place at ESA-ESAC, near Madrid (Spain). For further information on both events please see www.smos2015.info The deadline for submission of abstracts for the SMOS science conference and applications for the SMOS training course is 16 January 2015. The 2nd...

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New data, old features to re-consider… posted by Christophe MAES Signature of the equatorial upwelling conditions in the Pacific Ocean in terms of SSS (as shown larger than 34.8) in conjunction of SST (black thick line represents the 28°C isotherm, ci=1°C) and of density (blue thick line represents the 22.5 kg/m3 isolign, ci=0.5) as derived from the SMOS satellite mission. A salient feature of the present-day...

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SMAP Launch -1!

Category : Data, Satellite

The launch of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission will take place in 1 day!!!

SMAP is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, 29 January at 6:20am (California time) so 15:20 on most of Europe at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  There are links to follow the launch on NASA TV(www.nasa.gov)

Today from 9:30 (Still California time) yu can follow events on http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL2

Stay tuned!

I am Charlie

Category : Non classé

This Blog is dedicated to SMOS related results and activities but after what happened yesterday in Paris I feel that I cannot let another day pass without expressing myself. It is my only window open to the outside world where I can express my sadness after this gloomy day. So this post is mine, it is personal and non professional. Nobody else can be held responsible for its content.

After spending most of my life trying to do my little bit to help improving knowledge in our small discipline I am appalled but such despicable acts how our society is still in dark ages.  Free speech and open debate are the only basis of progress and I will personally never accept to submit to obscurantism. I hope those poor blokes are simply mad, dim witted, and not manipulated because if the ideals they represent need to kill unarmed old men and everybody around them to be defended they are not even worth trying to understand or consider, and we are doomed.


When the morning was waking over the war
He put on his clothes and stepped out and he died,
The locks yawned loose and a blast blew them wide,
He dropped where he loved on the burst pavement stone
And the funeral grains of the slaughtered floor.
Tell his street on its back he stopped a sun
And the craters of his eyes grew springshots and fire
When all the keys shot from the locks, and rang.
Dig no more for the chains of his grey-haired heart.
The heavenly ambulance drawn by a wound
Assembling waits for the spade's ring on the cage.
O keep his bones away from the common cart,
The morning is flying on the wings of his age
And a hundred storks perch on the sun's right hand.

Dylan Thomas: Among those Killed in the Dawn Raid was a Man aged a Hundred in « Deaths and entrances« 

The SMOS team wishes you all a very Happy New year!

Category : Data

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MARK your Calendars !!

Category : CATDS, Cal/Val, Data, L1, L2, L3, L4, Model, Ocean, Satellite, Training

The 2nd SMOS SCIENCE CONFERENCE (25-29 May 2015) and the SMOS TRAINING COURSE (18-22 May 2015) will take place at ESA-ESAC, near Madrid (Spain).

For further information on both events please see www.smos2015.info

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the SMOS science conference and applications for the SMOS training course is 16 January 2015.

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference will be jointly organised by ESA, CNES and SMOS-MODE.

By 2015, the SMOS mission will have been in orbit for more than five years, providing a continuous stream of high quality data products. Being a water cycle mission, SMOS observations have been used by rather distinct science communities addressing oceanography, land surface hydrology, and meteorology over a wide range of applications. The focus of this conference will deviate from previous events in that the emphasis will be on applications of SMOS data, including operational services, the development of novel data products, the synergistic use of SMOS data with other data sources and the potential of SMOS data for the generation of long-term data sets. The workshop will also cover common themes such as the quality of the Level 1 data products and calibration and validation activities.

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference will be preceded by a SMOS Training Course on 18-22 May 2015, organised by CESBIO and held as well at the ESA-ESAC premises near Madrid. The course will provide an opportunity to learn how to work with level 1 (brightness temperature) and level 2 (soil moisture and ocean salinity) data provided by the SMOS mission. The deadline for applications is 16 January. To submit your applications please go to www.smos2015.info –> Training Course and use the link on the bottom of the page.