What is SMOS?
ESA's Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth Explorer mission is a radio telescope in orbit, but pointing back to Earth not space. It's Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS) radiometer picks up faint microwave emissions from Earth's surface to map levels of land soil moisture and ocean salinity.
These are the key geophysical parameters, soil moisture for hydrology studies and salinity for enhanced understanding of ocean circulation, both vital for climate change models.
Latest Mission Operations News
The European Commission is currently gathering the user requirements for the next-generation Copernicus Space Component via an online survey.
12 January 2016
ESA would like to inform the SMOS users that the level 2 second mission reprocessing campaign has been completed. The V620 data set is now undergoing quality control checks followed by ingestion into the dissemination service.
21 December 2015
The level 1 and level 2 read-me-first notes have been updated, and SMOS data users can find the documents here.
Latest Mission Results News
29 January 2016
Ground measurements are essential for making sure that satellites deliver accurate information about our changing world. Although the Tibetan Plateau may not seem the obvious place to take such readings, this remote location is being used to check on ESA's SMOS satellite.
01 December 2015
ESA would like to inform the SMOS data user community about new experimental level 3 and level 4 sea surface salinity products over the Mediterranean Sea available from the SMOS Barcelona Expert Centre (SMOS-BEC, CP34).
30 September 2015
ESA's SMOS and two other satellites are together providing insight into how surface winds evolve under tropical storm clouds in the Pacific Ocean. This new information could help to predict extreme weather at sea.
02 July 2015
While ESA's water mission continues to deliver key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity to advance our understanding of Earth, it is becoming increasingly important for 'real world' applications, further demonstrating the societal benefit of Earth observation.
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