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)

SMAP Launch -1!

Category : Data, Satellite

The launch of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission will take place in 1 day!!!

SMAP is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, 29 January at 6:20am (California time) so 15:20 on most of Europe at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  There are links to follow the launch on NASA TV(www.nasa.gov)

Today from 9:30 (Still California time) yu can follow events on http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL2

Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday SMOS!

Category : CATDS, Data, L3

Yes SMOS has been orbiting the Earth for over 5 years now!

And SMOS has been granted an extension which should take us for another 5 years.

To Celebrate just look at this animation prepared by Ahmad Albitar based on the SMOS median soil moisture retrievals. Just  click, look and you will see many features…. The red bars in the bottom indicate the months of the pictures . It is a 3 months running window.


Or, in term of brightness temperatures, (still done by Ahmad)  but in percentiles with also many features to be seen!


A new tool for accessing SMOS level 3 data is available (CATDS)

Category : CATDS, L3, L4

You can now access the data from the CATDS production center with our new tool : the Sipad.

The Sipad is a web-based interactive tool which allows sub settings (geographical or by groups of parameters) and temporal aggregation.
The Sipad is available at www.catds.fr/sipad/
A registration is required. The login/password used for FTP access do not work.

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