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SMOS-BOX - Sentinel-3 Toolbox

The Sentinel-3 Toolbox consists of a rich set of visualisation, analysis and processing tools for the exploitation of OLCI and SLSTR data from the upcoming Sentinel-3 mission.

As a multi-mission remote sensing toolbox, it also supports the ESA missions Envisat (MERIS & AATSR), ERS (ATSR), SMOS as well as third party data from MODIS (Aqua and Terra), Landsat (TM), ALOS (AVNIR & PRISM) and others.

The various tools can be run from an intuitive desktop application or via a command-line interface.

A rich application programming interface allows for development of plugins using Java or Python.

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Looking to the future of Earth observation

13 September 2013

The Living Planet Symposium has come to a close in Edinburgh, and a week of talking about past, present and future satellite missions, as well as the scientific challenges facing us, has prepared Earth observation for a new chapter.

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ESA's biggest scientific gathering is under way

09 September 2013

The largest Living Planet Symposium ever held has begun. Scientists and users are gathering in Edinburgh, UK, this week to present their latest satellite findings on Earth's environment and climate based.

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Edinburgh readies for major scientific forum

13 August 2013

About 1700 participants of the Living Planet Symposium are expected in the Scottish capital on 9-13 September. To date, over 1100 people have already registered for ESA's largest scientific event of the year, and the number is growing.

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Getting ready for ESA's largest scientific event of the year

10 June 2013

Start planning your week in Edinburgh - the programme for September's Living Planet Symposium is now available online.

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Countdown to the Living Planet Symposium

01 February 2013

With ESA's largest scientific event of the year just nine months away, the deadline for abstract submissions is fast approaching. Organised with the support of the UK Space Agency, ESA will host the Living Planet Symposium on 9-13 September in Edinburgh, UK.

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New Earth Explorer mission to be selected

21 January 2013

This March marks an important milestone in the Earth observation calendar. Scientists from all over Europe will be gathering in Graz, Austria, to scrutinise three innovative satellite concepts. One will then be chosen as ESA's seventh Earth Explorer.

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ESA Euronews: Measuring Earth's vital magnetic field

26 October 2012

Earth's magnetosphere is an invisible shield, protecting our planet from harmful solar radiation. Many living organisms - from bacteria to insects or birds - seem to rely on Earth's magnetic field to navigate.

Improved SMOS level 2 soil moisture products released to users

20 November 2017

ESA has just released new improved SMOS level 2 soil moisture products to users.

SMOS nominal production resumed on 16 November 2017

17 November 2017

The SMOS nominal production has resumed after the successful deployment of the new L2SM v650 processor.

Data reader software

The following is an overview of software/tools for working with SMOS data (in no particular order).

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SMOS Data Viewer (SDV)

The SMOS Data Viewer (SDV) provides a quick and easy way to view SMOS products and the SMOS auxiliary files used for Level 1 and Level 2 product generation. It is also useful for understanding the structure and contents of the products. SMOSView enables a user to decode and display data from SMOS products, display the product contents as images or graphs and export the data to a number of alternative formats. Ease of use is emphasised through its simple Graphical User Interface, designed for data exploration and visualisation.

SMOS nominal production delayed on 15 November 2017

15 November 2017

Due to the operational deployment of the new L2SM v650 processor, SMOS nominal production will be delayed on 15 November 2017. Production is expected to be fully reestablished on 16 November.

SMOS Data Products

This page provides a structured access to all available information related to the SMOS mission data products. The links in the following tables provides a quick access...
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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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4th Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop / CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop

18 - 20 September 2017

The Satellite Soil Moisture and Application Workshop aims to discuss and reconcile recent methodological advances in the development, validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data. The workshop series is unique by bringing together satellite users and developers to focus on both the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from passive or active microwave satellite missions (SMAP, SMOS, ASCAT, AMRS-2, Sentinel-1, and other legacy missions). The workshop follows up former editions held at ESA/ESRIN in Frascati (Italy, 2013), in Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2014) and in New York (USA, 2016). The report from the 3rd workshop was published in the GEWEX News November 2016.


The CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop is similar in scope but particularly invites users of the CCI Soil Moisture products. Users from any relevant application area are invited to present their experiences with the data and provide ideas for future product improvements. The CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop is an event organised within the framework of ESA's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Soil Moisture project.


Both workshops will be held at the Vienna University of Technology, on 19-20 September 2017 and on 18 September 2017, respectively. 

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7th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing 2017

04 - 09 September 2017

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) has organised an Advanced Land Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO missions (e.g. the Sentinels) for science and applications development.

Post graduate-level, PhD students, post doctoral research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in land remote sensing and its applications are welcome to apply to the 6-day course which shall be held at Szent István University (SZIU), in Gödöllő, Hungary from 04 to 09 September 2017.