The Living Planet Program Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (MIRAS on RAMSES)

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Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS)

have a look at the SMOS Blog:
the news of the CESBIO SMOS team



For any questions or
comments on this mission, please contact :
Yann Kerr at CESBIO

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Proposal in answer to the call ...

for "Earth Explorer Opportunity" missions


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SMOS Overview

The SMOS mission was born from the conjonction of new technological developments (CASA EADS et Thales Alenia Space) and the modelling needs for meteorological prediction. The scientific objective of this mission is to obtain a better estimate of the spatio-temporal water budget at the global scale and ocean/atmosphere interactions.
The principal investigator of this mission is Yann H. Kerr Head of the CESBIO.

It is now well understood that soil moisture and sea surface salinity are required to improve meteorological and climatic predictions. These two quantities are not yet available globally and with an adequate temporal sampling. So as to cover this data gap, it has been recognized that, provided it is possible to accommodate a suitable antenna on board a satellite, L Band radiometry was most probably the most promising way to fulfill this gap . It is within this framework that the European Space Agency (ESA)’s selected the second Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission, namely the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission.

The SMOS mission a joint program lead by ESA with the CNES in France and the CDTI in Spain.

  • SMOS presented by ESA
  • with the last news :
  • SMOS on the CNES website
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  • Have a look at the SMOS blog with the CESBIO SMOS Team





SMOS - animation
(CESBIO/MIRA Productions Toulouse)


and a recent
press review

"SMOS Global Drought Monitor – CATDS L4
(Level 4 SMOS Drought Index)

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