New SMOS sea surface wind speed products now available
17 April 2020
The European Space Agency (ESA), the Institut Français pour la Recherche et l'Exploitation de la MER (IFREMER) and the French company OceanDataLab are pleased to announce a new operational service called "SMOS Wind Data Service" which provides, in near real time (NRT), surface wind speed over the ocean derived from the brightness temperature measurements of the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite mission.
Sea surface wind speed as observed by SMOS over Cyclone Harold in South Pacific area between Vanuatu and Fiji. Wind speed radii at 34, 50 and 64 Kts are also shown. This wind radii information, provided from a SMOS dataset, is regularly provided to tropical cyclone national centres in order to better forecast cyclone structure and direction (Credit: IFREMER/ODL/ESA)
The SMOS Wind Data Service produces three types of products:
Download the documentation for the SMOS Wind Data Service products. The Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, the Product Description Document and the read-me-first note are available.