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)

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Time flies. 7 years past. I have known SMOS for four years. When I was a postgraduate, I did some SMOS L2 soil moisture validation/calibration work, and I got the master’s degree. Now I am a Ph.D Candidate, I have been focusing on SMOS soil moisture and other soil moisture retrieval algorithms. SMOS soil moisture is not perfect well in dense vegetation area and China, I hope the post-processing method of SMOS can be improved in future. Thanks SMOS. Thanks ESA. Thanks for all staff.

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