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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.

SMOS TRAINING SESSION UPDATE

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

Hello

We have received 40 applications for our training session! The choice , as we can only host 16, was very difficult.

We have thus decided to:

  • Select 16 with a small waiting list just in case
  • And to organise a second session for most of the rest during the first half of 2013.

All applicants will be individually noticed of course but we will request a quick confirmation

Stay tuned

Sincerely

the SMOS training team

SMOS TRAINING SESSION UPDATE

Category : CATDS, Data, L1, L2, L3, L4, Tools, Training

Dear Colleagues

As promised some news on the training workshop!

First of all we received many applications – still counting -  and we will have a difficult task selecting the happy few!

This will be done end of August with announcements beginning of September.

In the mean time here is the draft programme.

SMOS TRAINING SESSION
Toulouse, 5 – 9 November 2012

PROGRAMME

————————————————– Nov 5 ————————————————-

INTRODUCTION

AFTERNOON:

-    Welcome and overview over weekly programme
-    Distribution of material, allocation of computers, passwords, etc.
-    SMOS mission overview

————————————————– Nov 6 ————————————————-

FROM SATELLITE TO BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURES

MORNING:

-    Mission characteristics
-    Data access and selection of products
-    Brightness temperature reconstruction, calibration, corrections

AFTERNOON:

-    Visualization of the SWATH based XY Brightness temperature products
- visualizing product content using Beam (and SMOSVIEW TBC)
- what we know about RFI
-    HV Brightness temperature products
- from swath based products XY2HV
- angle binned brightness temperatures products
-    Analyzing product content with scripts
- from specs (INDRA ESAC) to reader using Python
- SMOS and modeled brightness temperature comparisons, SMOS angular signature over water, etc. using Matlab

————————————————– Nov 7 ————————————————-

FROM BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE TO GEOPHYSICAL PRODUCTS

PARALLEL SESSION 1: LAND PRODUCTS

MORNING:

-    The soil moisture retrieval algorithm
-    Soil moisture products visualization/content
-    Reading and analyzing data – RWAPI Matlab

AFTERNOON:

-    Running the soil moisture retrieval processor on custom data

PARALLEL SESSION 2: OCEAN SALINITY

-    The SSS retrieval algorithms
- In the ESA Operational chain
- In the CATDS Research Center chain (TBC)
-    The along swath (level 2) SSS product
- Definition of flags
- Impact of flags
- Calibration-validation using in situ SSS
- Reading, visualization under Matlab and Python

————————————————– Nov 8 ————————————————-

TEMPORAL SYNTHESIS PRODUCTS

PARALLEL SESSION 1 : LAND PRODUCTS

MORNING:

-    Multi-orbit soil moisture retrievals with SMOS – algorithm description
-    3 days, 10 days , monthly temporal synthesis products
-    Interactive visualization of the products using Panoply

AFTERNOON:

-    Reading and analyzing the CATDS Products
- Reading and analyzing NetCDF products
- Fast analyses using NCO

PARALLEL SESSION 2: OCEAN SALINITY

-    CATDS Research Center SSS maps (sortings based on yearly data set TBC)
-    Combination of multi-orbit SSS retrieved from SMOS ESA processor, importance of quality indicators

————————————————– Nov 9 ————————————————-

APPLICATIONS USING SMOS DATA

MORNING:

-    Overview of applications using SMOS products: data disaggregation, assimilation, root zone soil moisture, impact of rain on salinity stratification, tracking hurricanes, snow/ice
-    Feedback from CAL/VAL teams – an open round table

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