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Data

Discover and download the Earth observation data you need from the broad catalogue of missions the European Space Agency operate and support.

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EO-SSO registration

Learn how to register an EO-SSO account, which is required to access some data and submit proposals for data.

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Data registration and proposals profile

Access your profile to see your requested data products or registrations and proposals you have submitted. An active EO-SSO account is required.

data description

SMOS Tropical Cyclone Wind Radii Fixes WRF

The SMOS WRF product is available in Near Real Time to support tropical cyclones (TC) forecasts. It is generated within 4 to 6 hours from sensin...

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SMOS CryoSat L4 Sea Ice Thickness

The SMOS-CryoSat merged Sea Ice Thickness Level 4 product, in NetCDF format, is based on estimates from both the MIRAS and the SIRAL instruments...

News

Discover the latest news on the European Space Agency's Earth Observation activities. Learn all about new data availability and how ESA's missions are performing.

general news

Mission continuity

Long-term availability of Earth observation data from a given instrument is crucial to many data users and their research—but just how does it work?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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operational news

Updated Precise Orbit data (POD) for the full ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission available

The Precise Orbit files (ERS.ORB.POD) for the entire ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission periods have been reprocessed with up-to-date standards.

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Missions

Explore the European Space Agency's Earth Observation satellite missions. Learn all about ESA's dedicated Earth Explorers or collaborations with other agencies through the Third Party Missions programme.

SMOS
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

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ERS
heritage missions

ERS

The ERS programme was composed of two missions, ERS-1 and ERS-2, which together observed the Earth for 20 years, from 1991 to 2011.

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TOOLS & TOOLBOXES

Find the tools you need to visualise, analyse and process the European Space Agency's Earth observation data.

TOOLS - visualisation

SMOS Global Mapping Tool

The SMOS Global Mapping Tool (GMT) is useful for plotting the SMOS data into a single global geographical map. Read more

ACTIVITIES

Find the activities you need.

ACTIVITY - quality

SCIRoCCo

The SCIRoCCo project is an interdisciplinary cooperation of scatterometry experts aimed at promoting the continuing exploitation of ESA's unique 20 years' worth of ERS Scatterometer data. Read more

INSTRUMENTS

Explore the many instruments the European Space Agency use to observe the Earth. ESA offer data from a wide range of optical, radar, atmospheric, altimetric and gravimetric instrumentation.

scatterometers

WS (ERS-2)

The ERS-2 Wind Scatterometer obtained information on wind speed and direction at the sea surface.

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MWR (ERS-2)

Used for measurement of the integrated atmospheric water vapour column & cloud liquid water content

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RA (ERS-2)

The RA on ERS-2 was a Ku-band nadir-pointing active microwave sensor designed to measure echoes from ocean and ice surfaces.

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ATSR-2

Used for measuring sea-surface temperatures, cloud-top temperatures and vegetation monitoring.

Campaigns

Learn about the ground-based, ship-borne, balloon-borne, and airborne campaigns and small satellite field experiments that validate orbiting ESA EO satellites and support future mission development.

BACCHUS-DOC

BACCHUS-DOC

The BACCHUS-DOC Radar and Optical Campaign was an area mapping project of vineyards near Frascati (Italy). ESA required high resolution geo-referenced airborne SAR data of different wavelength and polarisation (preferably polarimetric).

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LOSAC

LOSAC

The L-band Ocean Salinity Airborne Campaign (LOSAC) objective is to understand the nature of the wind driven signatures in order to evaluate if corrections are necessary prior to salinity estimations based on the radiometer signals.

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OTHER RESOURCES

Browse through mission documentation and reports, and learn more about European Space Agency Earth Observation projects and opportunities.

DOCUMENT - Product Document

16 July 2020

QA4EO SMOS Public Monthly Report - June 2020

This document provides a summary of the status and performance of SMOS over the course of the reporting month Download