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New SSE Service: ASPS Soil Moisture Product selection and download

05 September 2012

The first global soil moisture product derived from the Active Microwave Instrument (AMI) on-board the European Remote Sensing satellites 1 and 2 (ERS-1 / 2) was released in 2002. Ten years later and despite the deorbiting of ERS-1 / 2 in 2000 and 2011 respectively, the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (I.P.F) have produced a new high resolution soil moisture product based on ESA’s recently released, improved, ERS-2 AMI scatterometer data.

The high resolution product, produced via ESA’s Grid Processing On Demand service (G-POD), takes full advantage of ESA’s Advanced Scatterometer Processing System (ASPS) which has provided ERS-2 AMI scatterometer data with an improved radiometric quality and improved spatial resolution (25 km).

The new set of soil moisture estimates are computed globally over the periods from May 1997 to February 2003 and from July 2003 to April 2004.

The data are freely available, after registration, via the ASPS Soil Moisture Product Selection and Download service available on ESA’s Service Support Environment (SSE) Earth Observation portal.