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    Date of Launch:
    2 November 2009
    Mission Status:
    Operating nominally
    Orbit Height:
    758 km
    Orbit type:
    Sun-synchronous, dawn/dusk, circular orbit
    Swath Width:
    900 km
    SMOS NRT Data Products
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    Last update: 23 August 2018

    SMOS near real time products include Level 1 geo-located brightness temperature and Level 2 geo-located soil moisture estimation.

    The SMOS Near Real Time (NRT) "Light" BUFR product contains brightness temperature geo-located on Gaussian grid (T511/N256 only for land pixels but keeping full angular resolution. The pixels are consolidated in a full orbit dump segment (100 minutes of sensing time) with a maximum size of about 30MB per orbit. Spatial resolution is in the range of 30-50 km. This product is distributed in BUFR format.

    • Temporal coverage: 05-05-2015 - current day
    • Current Processor Version: v6.2.0

    The SMOS Near Neal Time (NRT) L2 Soil Moisture Neural Network (NN) product provides a near real time soil moisture dataset based on the statistical coefficients estimated by a neural network. It is provided in the SMOS DGG grid and only at the satellite track. It also provides an estimation of the uncertainty of the estimated soil moisture product and the probability that a soil moisture value is contaminated by Radio Frequency Interference. This product is distributed in NetCDF format.

    • Temporal coverage: 18-01-2016 - current day
    • Current Processor Version: v2.0.0

    Detailed information on the SMOS products is available.

    Processing level
    Level 1
    Level 2
    How to access this data
    • Accessible via the SMOS Online Dissemination Service (HTTP/FTP). An EO-SSO account is required for data download
    • Distributed via EUMETCast Europe Service (DVB), upon registration on the EUMETSAT Earth Observation Portal.
      The Ku-band DVB reception station must be situated within the EUMETCast service coverage in Europe. Information on the hardware and software necessary to receive the data are available at the EUMETSAT Reception Station Set-up web page.
      Note that this product is also regularly delivered to the UK Met-Office, and it is made available to operational agencies and research and development institutes via the GTS Network.
    Terms & Conditions applicable
    Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions


    SMOS Near Real Time BUFR Specification


    SMOS Near Real Time Product Format Specification


    SMOS L2 SM NN Release Note

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