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
ESA has started a process to improve the Earth Observation data distribution services, aiming at facilitating access to data and information for the end users, initially by shortening the access path and reviewing authentication and authorisation processes.
18 May 2018
ESA and CNES are jointly organizing the 2018 Ocean Salinity Science Conference, which will take place at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, from 06 to 09 November 2018.
Latest Mission Results News
Eight years of SMOS Arctic sea ice thickness level now available from SMOS Data dissemination portal
16 May 2018
Daily maps of sea ice thickness based on SMOS Observations, covering the winter seasons in the Arctic for the period of October-April from year 2010/2011 to year 2017/2018, are now available from the SMOS Data dissemination portal.
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.
01 August 2017
Satellites such as Europe's Copernicus Sentinel missions and ESA's SMOS and the upcoming Florescence Explorer, FLEX, provide a wealth of information about growing conditions and crop health that can be used to improve agricultural efficiency.
In-situ DOMEX-3 measurements for 2016 are now available for Cal/Val users along with the yearly campaign report. The measurements were acquired over the Antarctic plateau close to the Concordia base by tower based L-Band radiometer and by on-ground sensors for snow properties.
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