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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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Algorithm Development

Developing and upgrading the data processing algorithms in order to meet mission requirements and user needs.

Cal/Val 

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.

 

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Stay up-to-date with the ESA SMOS Mission: Newsletter July 2017

03 July 2017

The SMOS Newsletter July 2017 has been published and  it is accessible here

Landsat 8 Thermal Infra-Red Scanner (TIRS) Anomaly

13 June 2017

Image quality issues have been detected on the ESA Landsat 8 TIRS products which systematically contaminate the Band 10 and Band 11 TIRS data, the OLI data remains unaffected. Discussions are ongoing with the view to reprocess the Landsat 8 data with the latest software and supporting data to recover the affected products. More information can be found at the Landsat 8 Product Anomalies webpage

SMOS level 2 sea surface salinity products v662 released to users

16 May 2017

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

The main changes introduced in the user product v662 are:

  • the replacement of sea surface salinity 1 field with the retrieved sea surface salinity based on an updated single roughness model and corrected for land-sea contamination effect
  • the replacement of sea surface salinity 2 field with the retrieved sea surface salinity based on an updated single roughness model
  • the replacement of sea surface salinity 3 field with the sea surface salinity anomaly (corrected for land-sea contamination) based on World Ocean Atlas climatology (WOA-2009)

Third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting - 15 to 18 May 2017 - Lisbon, Portugal

07 March 2017

The third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place from 15 to 18 May 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, followed by two training events on 19 May 2017: a Copernicus marine data stream training event and a SeaDAS training event. The meeting is being convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with, and thanks to sponsorship from, EUMETSAT, ESA, the European Commission and NASA. Deadline to submit poster abstracts is 1 April 2017.