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  • Mission - Earth Explorers

    Mission - Earth Explorers

    SMOS

    The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is dedicated to making global observations of soil moisture over land and salinity over oceans

  • Document - General Reference

    Document - General Reference

    Principles of radar imagery

    This document is based in part on the FAQ/ESA publication "Principles of radar imagery" as well as other publications, dealing with the theory or applications of radar imagers.

  • News - General News

    News - General News

    New SMOS sea surface wind speed products now available

    The SMOS Wind Data Service provides, in near real time (NRT), surface wind speed over the ocean derived from the brightness temperature measurements of SMOS.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Earth Day: taking the pulse of our planet

    While news of COVID-19 dominates headlines and many of us practice social distancing, there still remains the need for action on climate change - and satellites are vital in providing the key facts on this global issue.

  • News - General News

    News - General News

    Revealing interior temperature of Antarctic ice sheet

    As ESA's SMOS satellite celebrates 10 years in orbit, yet another result has been added to its list of successes. This remarkable satellite mission has shown that it can be used to measure how the temperature of the Antarctic ice sheet changes with depth – and it's much warmer deep down.

  • Activity - Instrument characterisation and algorithm studies

    Activity - Instrument characterisation and algorithm studies

    ESA satellites and instruments calibration landing page

    ESA satellites and instruments calibration landing page

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Can oceans turn the tide on the climate crisis?

    As we pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world is warming at an alarming rate, with devastating consequences.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Space is key to monitoring ocean acidification

    The UN World Meteorological Organization announced that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another milestone.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    News - Scientific Highlights

    New maps of salinity reveal the impact of climate variability on oceans

    Since the saltiness of ocean surface waters is a key variable in the climate system, understanding how this changes is important.

  • Event - Meeting

    Event - Meeting

    Earth Explorers for Climate - The contribution from SMOS

    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SMOS mission, a special event has been organised to look at the mission's contributions to science and research over the past decade.

  • Document - Technical Note

    Document - Technical Note

    Quality Assessment of CERSAT Altimeter Products

    The first results of the CERSAT QIP and QPR quality assessments are presented in this report.

  • Document - User Guide

    Document - User Guide

    DMC-Product-Manual-for-the-DMC-Europe-2007-Coverage

    The data products supplied by DMCII are derived from images acquired by the DMC satellites. The primary payload on the DMC satellites is the SLIM-6 imager manufactured by SSTL, UK. This manual will aid users in their analysis of the data products to maximise the information they can extract from the DMC images by providing a thorough description of the data products, the imaging payload, the calibration procedure and the orthorectification process.

  • Document - Technical Note

    Document - Technical Note

    Technical Descrption for Design of MOS-1 Ground Stations

    The critical design review was completed in June 1983. Prototype model of MOS-1 is now being manufactured. Based on the results of the review, this document was revised to facilitate the design of the ground stations for acquisition and process of MOS-1 data.

  • Document - Technical Note

    Document - Technical Note

    MOS-1 VTIR CCT Format Specifications

    The MOS-1 digital products are recorded on Computer Compatible Tapes (CCTs) in a format that is conformed to the Standard Family Format (SFF) conventions. This format has been recommended by the Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG) and the Committee on Earth Observation Systems (CEOS). The SFF allows to read the same software data on CCTs that have been generated by different stations.

  • Document - Technical Note

    Document - Technical Note

    MOS-1 MESSR CCT Format Specifications

    The MOS-1 digital products are recorded on Computer Compatible Tapes (CCTs) in a form.at that is conformed to the Standard Family Format (SFF) conventions. This format has been recommended by the Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG) and the Committee on Earth Observation Systems (CEOS) . The SFF allows to read the same software data on CCTs that have been generated by different stations.

  • Document - General Reference

    Document - General Reference

    Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) - 10-Year Implementation Plan Reference Document

    The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) 10-Year Implementation Plan, endorsed by nearly 60 governments and the European Commission on 16 February 2005, is designed to qualitatively improve our understanding of the Earth system, markedly enhancing global policy- and decision-making abilities to promote the environment, human health, safety, and welfare.

  • Document - Product Document

    Document - Product Document

    Earth Images Catalogue - 13 LEDA

    The Earth Images Catalogue (LEDA - on-Line Earthnet Data Availability) is a catalogue of remotely-sensed satellite imagery. It consists of four general series of images: LANDSAT, NOAA/TIROS, Marine Observation Satellites series (MOS), and Nimbus-7. This guide describes the catalogue and how to use it.

  • Document - General Reference

    Document - General Reference

    DRAGON 2 Programme - Brochure 2011

    The Dragon Programme is a cooperation between ESA and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the P.R. China. This 2011 Dragon 2 Programme brochure presents the activities undertaken since the formal start of programme that was in April 2008 in Beijing, P.R. China.

  • Document - General Reference

    Document - General Reference

    CEOS 2004

    The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) was created in 1984, in response to a recommendation from a Panel of Experts on Remote Sensing from Space, under the aegis of the Economic Summit of Industrialised Nations Working Group on Growth, Technology and Employment. This brochure provides an overview of CEOS as of 2004.

  • Document - General Reference

    Document - General Reference

    ESA Bulletin 158 - Space for Europe

    The Bulletin is ESA's house magazine containing articles and general information related to the various activities and programmes of the Agency. Follow the full-text link to read the latest issue of the magazine on line. You can find links to previous issues here.