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SMOS and Lewis to help in SMAP calibration? Recently (12/2/2015) at 8:43 PST the SMAP radiometer was switched on while viewing deep space and before antenna deployment. The health check was fully satisfactory according to NASA GSFC which is very good news indeed. They are currently busy analysing the results but values look good. This check can also be used to check the instrument calibration and it was thus...

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News from ESA on the New SMOS data (V620)

Category : Non classé

news from ESA’s Webpage

SMOS deployment plan for the new level 1 and level 2 algorithm baseline V620

28 April 2015

ESA would like to inform SMOS data users that next week a new level 1 and level 2  algorithm baseline  (V620) will be deployed in the operational ground segment. For this reason the production of the SMOS level 1, level 2 products will be suspended on 05 May 2015. It is planed to resume the production and the dissemination of the level 1, level 2 products on 07 May 2015 in the evening.

After the deployment of the new level 2 algorithm baseline, the various current files used to process the data will reach gradually the required accuracy.   For this reason the nominal quality of the  level 2 products will be recovered after about  6 days for the soil moisture products and after about 10 days for the sea surface salinity products

At the same time, ESA will also make available the level 1 reprocessed products generated by the new algorithm baseline version 620. The reprocessed products will be initially available for the period from January 2010 to January 2015. A catch-up reprocessing  for the period  from February 2015 to May 2015 will be done in the coming weeks.

Further information  will be provided after the successful deployment of the processors on how reprocessed data will be accessible.

Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015

Category : Data, Model

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!
The Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015will take place on October 20-23 2015
at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy)

Deadline: 30 April 2015
Website:
http://www.eo4water2015.info/

ATT00001

Five years ago, ESA, GEWEX, and EGU organized the first EO for Water Cycle Science Conference at ESA-ESRIN. For the 2015 Conference, we are again planning for a wide discussion and networking forum for the water and energy, climate, hydrology, modeling, and EO communities to review the latest advances in the use of EO for water cycle science and discuss the main scientific opportunities and research challenges for the future.

The objectives of this topical conference, jointly organized by ESA and GEWEX, are:

  • Review the latest contributions of EO to water cycle science and related processes understanding, and identify the main scientific challenges for the future.
  • Assess the advances in water cycle satellite observations, their uncertainties and consistency (e.g., precipitation, clouds, water vapor, soil moisture, water levels, surface water, and groundwater measurements as well as land and ocean heat fluxes and the Earth radiation budget).
  • Identify novel and enhanced satellite-based geophysical data sets, algorithms and methods necessary to ensure an accurate and consistent characterization of the water cycle.
  • Identify current gaps in observations and review emerging mission concepts and novel observational principles that may lead to future satellite observation systems.
  • Assess the main needs in modeling and data assimilation of EO-based observations to improve our knowledge of the water cycle science and our ability to quantify future changes in water cycle, extreme events and hydrological hazards.
  • Consolidate a scientific roadmap outlining the main priorities for the future.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I invite you to participate and contribute to this conference.

Please submit your abstracts before the 30th April 2015 using the dedicated link in the conference web site (http://www.eo4water2015.info/).

Diego Fenandez Prieto (ESA)
Graeme Stephens (NASA)
Michael Rast (ESA)
Peter van Oevelen (GEWEX)
Sonia Seneviratne (ETH-Zurich)

PhD opening

Category : position opening

Dr Mike Schwank who is looking for a PhD student that would like to work within the project:
"Active/Passive Microwave Remote Sensing in Application to ”Vegetation & Soil” and “Snow & Soil” (MicroVegSnow) funded by the "Swiss National Science Foundation" (SNF).

A summary of the project goals and approaches can be accessed from:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pzck5lxwbxpyn7c/Summary_MicoVegSnow.pdf?dl=0

Applicants interested in this position please go to:
https://apply.refline.ch/273855/0480/pub/1/index.html

SMOS and Lewis to help in SMAP calibration?

Category : Data, ground measurements

Recently (12/2/2015) at 8:43 PST the SMAP radiometer was switched on while viewing deep space and before antenna deployment. The health check was fully satisfactory according to NASA GSFC which is very good news indeed. They are currently busy analysing the results but values look good.

This check can also be used to check the instrument calibration and it was thus decided to do two things on top of what is planned by the SMAP team.

The first one coordinated by François Cabot consisted in doing in a coordinated fashion a SMOS cold sky calibration.

Sky_Feb11track of SMAP when imaging deep sky and point viewed by SMOS during its calibration sequence

The second one was done by Arnaud Mialon with help of François Cabot and François Lemaître and consisted in looking at the same solid angle as SMAP horn with Lewis using SMAP ephemeris. It was done yesterday with apparently success as well.

SMAP_LEWISSMAP ephemeris’s  with those of SMOS and Lewis « box »( F Cabot)

DSCN2153Lewis following SMAP (A. Mialon)