The 5th SMOS Science Workshop
The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity
Mission is ESA?s 2nd Earth Explorer Opportunity mission. It is an ESA led
mission with contributions from the French Space Agency and the Spanish CDTI.
The SMOS Project is currently in phase CD for
a launch in February 2007.
The SMOS satellite will provide, for the
first time, direct measurements of Sea Surface Salinity and surface soil
moisture thanks to its payload: a L-band Polarised interferometric radiometer.
More recently, two other missions, with synergistic goals and approaches, Hydros
and Aquarius, have been selected by NASA.
Consequently, after four successful SMOS science workshops since 1999 (see
http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/us/indexsmos.html) and a joint Aquarius ? SMOS ?
Hydros workshop held earlier this year, it is necessary to start addressing key
points so as to proceed through SMOS phase C/D and prepare phase E.
For this purpose, a science workshop was organised at:
Via Galileo Galilei
Frascati, Rome, Italy
from November 29th to December 1st,
This workshop mainly focused on the calibration validation plan and
scientific aspects of the ground segment, especially in view of the SMOS project
and the synergisms with the US Missions. A description of the status of the
different projects was given.