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SMOS joins forces with top weather forecasting system

12 June 2019

As of yesterday, 11 June 2019, measurements from ESA's SMOS mission are being fully integrated into ECMWF's forecasting system, allowing for a more accurate description of water content in soil.

SMOS Validation and Retrieval Team Workshop 2010

The first SMOS Validation and Retrieval Team workshop took place between 29-30 November 2010. The purpose of the workshop was to assess the status of the calibration and validation activities for the SMOS mission.

Download a summary of the workshop 'Summary - SMOS Cal/Val Workshop 2010'

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Mapping salty waters

14 May 2019

The length and precision with which climate scientists can track the salinity, or saltiness, of the oceans is set to improve dramatically according to researchers working as part of ESA's Climate Change Initiative.

New potential for tracking severe storms

14 May 2019

Even just within the last couple of months, Cyclones Fani, Idai and Kenneth have brought devastation to millions. With the frequency and severity of extreme weather like this expected to increase against the backdrop of climate change, it is more important than ever to forecast and track events accurately. And, an ESA satellite is helping with the task in hand.

SMOS data dissemination maintenance - 16 April 2019

15 April 2019

Due to a scheduled software maintenance on 16 April 2019 from 09:30 to 11:30 CEST, the ingestion of new SMOS products on the ESA SMOS online dissemination service will be delayed until the maintenance is completed.

SMOS newsletter issue 17 now available

18 April 2019

The latest issue of the SMOS newsletter is now available.

Download the newsletter

SMOS multimedia book

12 November 2018

A new interactive PDF has been released, providing multimedia information on all aspects of the SMOS mission.

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Session 'The global water cycle' at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018

10 - 14 December 2018

The upcoming AGU Fall Meeting 2018 Conference runs Monday to Friday from 10 to 14 December 2018, in Washington DC, USA.

Quite noteworthy for the SMOS User community, the session "The global water cycle: linkages of ocean salinity with the atmosphere and terrestrial hydrology" highlights water cycle research that describes linkages between the ocean, atmosphere, and land hydrology.

Contributions are invited on all aspects of water cycle research including analyses undertaken using in situ and remote observations from current (e.g., SMAP, SMOS, GRACE, GPM, GCOM-W), past (e.g., Aquarius, TRMM), and future (e.g., SWOT, GRACE-FO) satellite missions, estimates based on numerical models, data assimilation systems, and climate model projections. Particularly welcome are contributions that consider multiple realms (the ocean, atmosphere, land surface and subsurface), and provide compelling evidence for linkages between these, describing coherent water cycle variability and change.


Registration is open

Ocean Salinity Science Conference 2018

18 May 2018

ESA and CNES are jointly organising the 2018 Ocean Salinity Science Conference, which will take place at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, from 06 to 09 November 2018.


Users interested in participating can submit an abstract until 06 July 2018.

SMOS collections maintenance - 27 September 2018

26 September 2018

Due to maintenance, the data collections on the ESA SMOS Online dissemination tool will be unavailable on Thursday 27 September 2018, from 09:00 to 11:00 CEST.

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ESOV Software Tools (ESOV NG)

ESOV - the Earth Observation Swath and Orbit Visualisation tool - provides users with the means to visualise the instrument swaths of all ESA Earth Observation Satellites and assist in understanding where and when satellite measurements are made and ground contact is possible.

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SMOS offers new perspective on hurricanes

25 September 2018

With recent stories in the news about the devastation brought by hurricanes and typhoons to the US and Asia, we are reminded of how important it is to predict the paths of these mighty storms and also learn more about how they develop. Many satellites have eyes on storms, but ESA's SMOS mission can offer an entirely new perspective.

SMOS collections maintenance - 18 September 2018

17 September 2018

Due to maintenance, the data collections on the ESA SMOS Online dissemination tool will be unavailable on Tuesday 18 September 2018, from 09:00 to 12:00 CEST.

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How much water is used for irrigation?

11 September 2018

Feeding a growing global population is a major concern, but efforts to grow more food will place an added burden on precious supplies of freshwater. New research shows how measurements of soil moisture from space could be used to understand how much water is used for agriculture and potentially help farmers manage consumption.

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World Water Week: ESA's role in easing water scarcity

27 August 2018

Water is crucial to life on Earth. But today, its overexploitation and pollution present challenges for the environment, economies and global living standards. These issues are addressed by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the annual World Water Week, which runs from 26-31 August 2018 in Stockholm.