L band continuation… a need!

Category : Data

Dear colleagues,
The 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop took place in September 2016 in New York City.

The workshop summary has just been published in the GEWEX newsletter (p 29-31). You may want to look at it and note that at the end (page 31) it states that « The workshop participants recommended that instruments taking passive microwave L-Band measurements be continued in new constellations of satellites (i.e., complementing the ASCAT and AMSR series, and the Sentinel-1s). »

What’s next?

Category : Data, Satellite

Dear reader of this blog.

As you are well aware SMOS and SMAP (and Aquarius for that matter) are delivering excellent data, demonstrating every day the usefulness and uniqueness of L Band data for monitoring certain facets of our planet. Moreover, many operational or pre-operational applications are emerging. The sad thing is that our dear satellites are like us, they don’t get younger with time. … and no follow on L Band radiometers are currently decided. We are thus facing a severe data gap if a follow-on is not very soon set up.

Actually the situation is getting somewhat critical and i am convinced we should get moving quite soon on this critical issue.

I thought that we could use this forum to highlight the areas the expression of needs for L band radiometry. If you have interesting elements let me know!

In the mean time see 6 years of global soil moisture as prepared by Ali Mahmoodi with 6 years of  SMOS data.anim-sm-6y

Monthly evolution of soil moisture for teh first 6 years of SMOS (2010-2015)

SMOS REPROCESSED Level 2 DATA (V6) now available

Category : Data, L1, L2, Ocean

Dear SMOS data user -

We would like to inform you that the reprocessed level 2 soil moisture and sea surface salinity data are now available on the new ESA SMOS Online Dissemination service: https://smos-ds-02.eo.esa.int/oads/access/.

This release aligns the Level 2 soil moisture and sea surface salinity data available operationally already since May 2015 with the reprocessed data archive: SMOS data users now have a complete v6 data set available.

The algorithm evolutions implemented in the v6 data set are described in the respective Algorithm Theoretical Baseline Documents (ATBDs) and in the read-me-first notes: https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/missions/esa-operational-eo-missions/smos/content/-/asset_publisher/t5Py/content/data-types-levels-formats-7631. We would like to encourage all users to familiarise themselves with the read-me-first notes before using the data.

The level 2 reprocessed data products are available on the new ESA SMOS Online Dissemination service accessible here (smos-diss.eo.esa.int). The new service allows to access data by https and ftp/ftps transfer protocols for all registered ESA EO Single Sign-On (EO-SSO) users. The online service facilitates the data access with enhanced functionality for data navigation and selection by data type, acquisition time, geographical area and data format (i.e. ESA Earth Explorer (EEF) or NetCDF format).

SMOS level 1 brightness temperature data and  ECMWF auxiliary products are also available from the new ESA SMOS Online Dissemination service.

For further details on how to access the SMOS data  and how to register as ESA EO_SSO please https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/missions/esa-operational-eo-missions/smos/content/-/asset_publisher/t5Py/content/how-to-obtain-data-7329.

Kind regards

Susanne Mecklenburg

Happy New Year!!

Category : CATDS, Data, L2, Non classé, Satellite

The SMOS team wishes you all a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Year 2016!

Let it be full of good L band radiometer data as well !!

We are also pleased to announce that the reprocessing of the 6 years of SMOS data is quasi completed and is currently being checked. So more about the official release very soon together with new results!

All the best from the SMOS team

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