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
25 February 2015
ESA would like to inform SMOS data users that a new version of the SMOS Toolbox and SMOS NetCDF converter are available for download.
20 January 2015
Due to a planned software maintenance, the LTA (Long Term Archive) at Esrange Space Center in Kiruna will experience a downtime from 12:00 to 17:00 CET on Wednesday 21 January 2015.
The SMOS online archive will not be updated during the downtime.
12 January 2015
The 2nd SMOS Science Conference is jointly organised by ESA, CNES and SMOS-MODE and will take place at ESA-ESAC, near Madrid (Spain) from 25 to 29 May 2015. The Conference will be preceded by a SMOS training course, organised by CESBIO and held at the ESA-ESAC premises near Madrid.
This is to remind all interested users that the deadline of 23 January 2015 is approaching for both abstracts submission (for the SMOS Science Conference) and applications (for the SMOS training course).
Latest Mission Results News
17 February 2015
With fundamental changes happening to the chemistry of the world's oceans, salinity information from ESA's SMOS mission is being used with other Earth observation data to obtain information on 'the other carbon dioxide problem' - ocean acidification.
30 January 2015
The L-Band radiometric measurements and in-situ snow temperatures for the first year of acquisitions of the DOMEX-3 campaign are now available for the SMOS Cal/Val users along with the yearly campaign report.
18 December 2014
Measurements of salt held in surface seawater are becoming ever-more important for us to understand ocean circulation and Earth's water cycle. ESA's SMOS mission is proving essential to the quest.
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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