Global monthly volumetric soil moisture for September 2010 derived from SMOS data. Credits: CATDS, CESBIO, CNES, Capgemeni, ESA


The objectives of the conference are:

  • To increase the scientific understanding of main land interactions and their impacts on the Earth system and climate by exploiting SMOS observations;
  • To review the current advances on SMOS observations, products and capacity to improve the characterisation of the land surface processes at different time and spatial scales;
  • To accelerate the development of novel and robust SMOS data products exploiting the synergies with other complementary EO missions;
  • To foster the integration of SMOS data products into advanced coupled models capable of describing and forecasting main land processes;
  • To consolidate a scientific roadmap outlining priorities and scientific requirements to further advance in the development and exploitation of SMOS global observations for land surface processes.

SMOS has shown that it is able to detect frozen soil from space. The depth to which the soil is frozen can also be inferred. From the animation, which shows northern Finland, the difference between 26 November 2010 and 26 November 2011 can be seen clearly. To see the webstory click HERE. Credits: FMI, ESA.
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