New salinity products are available at CATDS!

Category : CATDS, L3, L4, Ocean

Dear CATDS user,

New salinity products are available at CATDS. A new correction for systematic errors (land-sea and seasonal-latitudinal ) has been implemented in CATDS CPDC and in CATDS CEC LOCEAN.

Concerning CATDS CPDC, a RE05 reprocessing of ocean salinity is available from January 2010 to March 2017; the operational processing has been updated accordingly. Binned maps at usual spatial and temporal resolution are available. The SMOS SSS corrected for systematic errors are in MIR_CSQ3 files; non corrected SMOS SSS remain available in MIR_CSF3 files. The corrected product is limited to 45N-47S, the correction remaining uncertain at higher latitudes. A new ATBD is available at http://www.catds.fr/Resources/Documentation.
You can download this product from the usual ftp site : ftp://ext-catds-cpdc:catds2010@ftp.ifremer.fr/Ocean_products/

Concerning CATDS CEC-LOCEAN, 9-day and 18-day products sampled at 25km resolution are provided every 4 days. They cover all latitudes from January 2010 to December 2016 (see further description in the documentation at http://www.catds.fr/Products/Available-products-from-CEC-OS/L3-Debiased-Locean-v2).
A validation of these products has been presented at EGU (see poster at http://www.catds.fr/Resources/Documentation).
You can download this product from the usual ftp site : ftp://ext-catds-cecos-locean:catds2010@ftp.ifremer.fr/Ocean_products/

Best regards

The CATDS Team

New release of L3TB

Category : CATDS, L3

It was noticed by several users that our new RFI filter was overdoing things a bit (actually one of the flags was wrong) leading to a very reduced amount of available brightness temperatures, in our L3TB product (version number 300).

The bug is corrected and the whole data set (L3TB and L3RFI, since 2010) has been reprocessed.

The new products have version number 310.
Enjoy!

Was 2015 a « DRY » year? and what about 2016?

Category : CATDS, L4

Several extreme drought events occurred in 2015 around the globe. At CESBIO, combining hydrological modelling and remotely sensed surface soil moisture from SMOS, we monitored a number of them. We used CATDS (Centre Aval de Traitement des données SMOS) products.

The aproach was to use our root zone soil moisture information derived from SMOS to infer a water scarcity index. Water scarcity in the root zone (0-1.5m) is actually an efficient early warning system for agricultural droughts.

droughts_2015_albitar

The figure above shows 5 of the major droughts which occurred in 2015. The small focus maps show the drought index during the drought events in each of the regions of interest. The losses caused by these droughts amount to billions.

So the next question is: are we facing long drought events that can impact food security at global scale?

In 2016 we may see even worse conditions. Our drought index seem to provide an alarming forecast. This was showcased by ESA during the Living Planet Symposium LPS2016 with this post using our latest root zone soil moisture map (see Water for crops – the SMOS root zone soil moisture).

We also produced the drought index map over North America for 2016 and it seems that after the Alberta fires and last year drought in the West coast of the US, the Eastern coast is now at risk. This forecast may change but it is clear that extremes conditions are breaking very old records, beyond the contribution of the El-Nino effect.

drought_index_north_america_2016

Changes in SMOS L3 TB

Category : CATDS, L3

Important information…

It was noticed by several users that our new RFI filter was overdoing things a bit (actually one of the flags was wrong) leading to a very reduced amount of available brightness temperatures.

We are working on this issue and already François and Stéphane have patched the bug and tests were carried out at CESBIO before implementation which is underway at CATDS.

The new products will have version number 310

Very soon the operational algorithm will release -less abusely filtered -  L3TB data (with more measurements thus) and we will also reprocess the whole data set (both L3TB and RFI).

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