The Sensor Performance, Products and Algorithms (SPPA) is the element of the ESA Earth Observation ground segment responsible and performing the following activities:
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Developing and upgrading the data processing algorithms in order to meet mission requirements and user needs.
Calibrating the sensors (through the update of on-board and on-ground configuration data) in order to meet product quality requirements.
Validating the generated products assessing, by independent means, the quality of the generated EO data products.
Routine Quality Control
Monitoring routinely the status of the spacecraft (payload and platform) and to check if the derived products meet the quality requirements along mission life-time.
The activities related to the SPPA constitute a long and continuous process involving a number of various actors with different competencies and objectives.
21 November 2017
Improved SMOS level 2 soil moisture products v650 released to users. For further information see here
10 November 2017
Following the successful LPVE 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting scientists and Cal/Val experts to present the latest results from their on-going research at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).
The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 30 November 2017.
29 September 2017
The Uncertainties in Remote Sensing workshop is scheduled to be held at ESA's centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy, on 24 and 25 October 2017.
Those wishing to attend the workshop are kindly requested to register by 16 October 2017.
The SMOS Newsletter July 2017 has been published and it is accessible here