SMOS RSE special issue deadline postponed

Category : Cal/Val, Data, L1, L2, L3, L4, Model, Ocean, ground measurements

Dear colleague,

With regards to your potential contribution to the Special Issue on SMOS in Remote Sensing of Environment, we would like to notify you that the deadline for full paper submissions has been extended until 31st July 2015. Please be aware that this deadline change is final and no exceptions will be allowed after this date.

In case you have already submitted your paper, please disregard this message.

To submit your paper, please go to http://ees.elsevier.com/rse/ and select the option ‘submit paper’ from the menu bar near the upper left corner of the page. During the submission process, please make sure to select ‘SMOS 5 Years’ in the dropdown menu when choosing the article type, as demonstrated in the attached image.

Accepted papers will be published online as soon as possible following a final editing procedure by the Publisher. Once again, we encourage you to critically check your list of authors against the RSE guidelines on authorship (http://www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/ethics) to ensure appropriate representation of effort.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Yours sincerely,
Susanne Mecklenburg
On behalf of the editors for the Special Issue on SMOS in RSE

End of of the SMOS fortnight at ESAC !!

Category : CATDS, Tools, Training

A very busy two weeks at ESAC have just finished.

First a training course took place at ESAC during one week (May 18-22). It was the third SMOS training course but this time ESA took care (very efficiently!) of the logistics and provided us with very nice facilities (thank you Antonio!!)

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(all photos courtesy of Ali Mahmoodi)

This training course was aimed at newcomers wanting to learn how to use SMOS. With lectures intersped with practicals the students (18) were intitated into the different SMOS levels. The course also included a visit of the ESAC facilities together with a fine « BBQ ».

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Some of the students stayed on to take advantage of the SMOS Conference which was also a success . The presentations covered all the SMOS aspects together with presentations and posters of equivalent missions (Aquarius and SMAP) recent results and synergisms. Evening were busy with spontaneous picnics and a gorgeous banquet

The presentations will be made available by ESA on its SMOS conference site.

SMOS 3rd training course is in full swing

Category : Training

The SMOS training course (3rd edition) is currently taking place at the ESA centre of Villafranca (ESAC) in Spain.
18 students from 14 countries together with 4 spectators are currently being « initiated » to the SMOS data in the very nice facilities of ESAC

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Ali presenting image reconstruction (picture by Beatriz)

The course is the third one and takes advantage of the release of the new version (V620) of the SMOS Data while covering both land and ocean science applications (see twitter account)

Next week, the Second post launch SMOS workshop will take place, also at ESAC. Stay tuned!

Smos Training course II

Category : Cal/Val, Data, L1, L2, L3

The second session of the SMOS training course at CESBIO is now over. We had 16 trainees from 10 different countries (from China to the US (E-W) and from Canada to Yemen (N-S)

In spite of the weather, all went well. We had also the good fortune to have the presence of our two mission managers (Susanne Mecklenburg and Carole Larigauderie) as well as a visit of Guillermo Buenadicha and his replacement at ESAC. We were also very lucky to have Ali Mahmoodi from Array (level 2 SM) for the training.

panoramique1_650panoramique2_650The SMOS training team covered all aspects of the mission from system to data use and applications. experts came from again many parts of the world (from Sweden to Spain and from Canada to India!

It was a very nice experience and it may be hoped that all participants (trainees and teachers) feel more « educated » after a dense week!

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