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SMOS sessions at EGU, IGARSS, JGR special issue & 6th SMOS Newsletter

posted Jan 7, 2014, 3:24 AM by Salinity CERSAT
Dear SMOS data user, 

Reminder- we would like to make you aware of the SMOS session at EGU 2014:
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2014/session/15052. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 16 January 2014.

HS6.2: SMOS: continuing to provide global soil moisture and ocean salinity data


Convener: Susanne Mecklenburg

Co-Conveners: Yann Kerr
, Jordi Font , Manuel Martin-Neira, Roberto Sabia



ESA’s soil moisture and ocean salinity (SMOS) mission is successfully operating and delivering data to the science community since 2009. Thanks to its scientific and technological excellence, the mission will continue to operate and provide global soil moisture and ocean salinity data. This session will address major scientific achievements based on data provided by the SMOS mission so far. The session will also put an emphasis on new applications with potential for operational services, which start to emerge given the availability of multi-annual, high quality data . The focus will be on:
 

i. Major scientific achievements based on SMOS data products, including level 1 (brightness temperatures) and level 2 (soil moisture and ocean salinity) data,
ii. Innovative applications, going beyond initial mission objectives, based on SMOS data products,
iii. Calibration aspects and algorithm development in support to improving SMOS data quality,
iv. Validation of the SMOS soil moisture, ocean salinity and vegetation data products using in-situ, airborne campaigns and satellite measurements,
v. Using SMOS data in data assimilation and predictive models in general.
vi. Fusion of SMOS data with other L-band observations for the generation of long-term data sets and thematic data records.

As well, there will be a SMOS, Aquarius, SPURS dedicated salinity session at the EGU Vienna, 27 April to 2 May 2014:
 
ABSTRACT DEADLINE 16 JANUARY 2014  

OS1.5  Sea surface salinity variability: in situ and satellite observations
        Convener: Gilles Reverdin;         Co-Conveners: Jacqueline Boutin , Arnold L. Gordon 

The relation of sea surface salinity to the atmospheric hydrological cycle and ocean circulation is at the core of major ongoing in situ and satellite programs. It is climate relevant, both in the context of recent climate variability and on-going climate change.
We encourage the presentation of investigations on processes maintaining a maximum salinity in the subtropical gyres (in particular the SPURS project), tropical near-surface salinity budgets and studies of the near surface stratification induced by turbulent air-sea fluxes and rain. Results pertaining to the 'modern' ocean and using in situ or new satellite data (for example, SMOS and Aquarius missions) and 'realistic' numeral modelling, will be particularly welcome.





As well, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the SMOS session at IGARSS 2014 in Québec, Canada.

So far we have been granted a half-session of five presentations (20 min each). However, if we have sufficient interest and feedback from you, we might be able to extend this session beyond this allocation. Hence I would like to invite you to submit an abstract by 13 January 2014 using the below link

Invited Session:
URL:
http://www.igarss2014.org/Papers/Submission.asp?SessionType=Invited&ID=2054

For your information the session description:

SMOS: continuing to provide global soil moisture and ocean salinity data
Convener: S.Mecklenburg, Y. Kerr, J.Font, M. Martin-Neira, S.Delwart, M.Drusch

ESA’s soil moisture and ocean salinity (SMOS) mission is successfully operating and delivering data to the science community since 2009. Thanks to its scientific and technological excellence, the mission will continue to operate and provide global soil moisture and ocean salinity data. This session will address major scientific achievements based on data provided by the SMOS mission so far. The session will also put an emphasis on new applications with potential for operational services, which start to emerge given the availability of multi-annual, high quality data. The session will focus on:

i.        The MIRAS instrument performance, including calibration,
i.        Algorithm development in support to improving SMOS level 1 and 2 data quality,
ii.        The handling of Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI) in SMOS data,
iii.        Major scientific achievements based on SMOS data products, including level 1 (brightness temperatures) and level 2 (soil moisture and ocean salinity) data,
iv.        Innovative applications, going beyond initial mission objectives, based on SMOS data products,
v.        Validation of the SMOS soil moisture, ocean salinity and vegetation data products using in-situ, airborne campaigns and satellite measurements,
vi.        Cross comparisons between different soil moisture and ocean salinity data sets derived from remote sensing,
vii.        Using SMOS data in data assimilation and predictive models in general.
viii.        Fusion of SMOS data with other L-band observations for the generation of long-term data sets and thematic data records.


Special section in the Journal of Geophysical Research (oceans):
deadline for paper submission extended

The call for papers for a special section entitled Early scientific results from the salinity measuring satellites Aquarius/SAC-D and SMOS, has been extended to 28 February 2014. The call is accessible on the Wiley
Online website:28 February 2014. The call is accessible on the Wiley Online website:The call is accessible on the Wiley Online website:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/1-0.1002/%28ISSN%292169-9291/homepage/call_for_papers.htm
 
 
Finally, note as well that the latest (6th) SMOS newsletter from ESA is available :
 
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