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The monitoring of soil moisture on a large scale for the purposes of hydrological modelling and water management form the major element of this application. In addition research is aimed at understanding both soil chemistry and processes.

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Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available

03 November 2017

A new, long-term and global dataset of soil moisture measurements from space has been released to help us better understand the water cycle and climate, monitor agriculture and manage our water resources.

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Climate at your fingertips

28 March 2017

Discover our planet's changing climate through the eyes of satellites with Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android tablets featuring interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists.

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Five years of soil moisture and beyond

03 November 2014

ESA's SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometres orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet's water cycle. Marking its fifth birthday, all the data collected over land and ocean have been drawn together to show how moisture in the soil and salinity in the ocean change over the year.

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Bringing Earth observation to the everyday user

15 September 2014

Using satellites for improving the exploitation of water resources is just one of the innovative ideas developed over the week-long 'camp' dedicated to creating mobile apps drawing on Earth observation data.

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Water mission boosts food security

21 May 2014

ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle - this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine.

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Hot and dry - but why?

05 May 2014

Using satellite data, scientists are improving their understanding of the relationship between droughts and heatwaves in order to forecast hot spells better in the future.

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El Nino's impact on continental evaporation

22 January 2014

As global temperatures gradually increase, more water is expected to evaporate into the atmosphere. But using satellite data, scientists have discovered that El Niño-induced droughts have caused global declines in evapotranspiration despite rising temperatures.

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SMOS sees triple superstorms

22 October 2013

ESA's versatile water mission tracked Asia's recent storms over land and sea.

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Water mission versatility

12 September 2013

While ESA's SMOS satellite continues to provide key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity for a better understanding of the water cycle, Living Planet Symposium participants in Edinburgh today heard how the mission is also set to improve weather forecasts.

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Nature valued from space

11 July 2013

Satellites show how we can promote economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner by putting a price on nature's resources.