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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. 


Registration is open

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Taking farming into the space age

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.

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DOMEX-3 2016 campaign data now available for Cal/Val users

25 July 2017

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.

Full reprocessed SMOS Level 2 sea surface salinity dataset now available

20 July 2017

ESA would like to inform the SMOS data users that the full reprocessed SMOS level 2 sea surface salinity dataset is now available on the SMOS data dissemination service. Following the reprocessing that finished in May 2017 a "gap-filling" reprocessing was performed to align to the operational product start.

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7th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

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.

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Satellites forewarn of locust plagues

13 June 2017

Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security.

New SMOS Level 3 salinity products available

26 May 2017

New salinity products are available at CATDS (Centre Aval de Traitement des Données SMOS).

A new correction for systematic errors (land-sea and seasonal-latitudinal) has been implemented in CATDS CPDC and in CATDS CEC LOCEAN.

SMOS level 2 sea surface salinity products v662 released to users

15 May 2017

ESA would like to inform that SMOS level 2 sea surface salinity products version v662 are now available to the users.

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...

SMOS Nominal Production resumed on 12 May 2017

12 May 2017

As planned, the SMOS Nominal Production has been resumed in the morning of 12 May 2017, after the operational deployment of the new L2OS v662 processor.

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SMOS brings Mediterranean salinity into focus

11 May 2017

ESA's SMOS mission maps variations in soil moisture and salt in the surface waters of the open oceans. When the satellite was designed, it was not envisaged that it would be able to measure salinity in smaller seas like the Mediterranean, but SMOS has again surpassed expectations.

SMOS Nominal Production will be stopped on 10 May 2017 at 07:00 UTC for L2OS v662 processor operational deployment

10 May 2017

Due to the operational deployment of the new L2OS v662 processor, SMOS Level-1 and Level-2 Nominal Production will be stopped on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 07:00 UTC.

EO-SSO downtime for maintenance - 04 May 2017

03 May 2017

A planned system maintenance will be affecting the availability of all Earth Observation (EO) SSO services at ESA-ESRIN.

The activity has been scheduled on Thursday 04 May 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 CEST.

Read-me-first note for the release of the SMOS Level 2 Soil Moisture data products

This note summarises the quality of the SMOS Level 2 Soil Moisture data products generated by the version 620 of the Level 2SM Operational Processor (L2SM OP).

Reminder 24 April deadline - Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle Workshop

14 April 2017

For all interested users, we kindly remind that the abstract submission and registration deadline of 24 April 2017 for the "Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle Workshop" is approaching.