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Special Issue on SMOS in Remote Sensing of Environment

posted Dec 2, 2014, 5:44 AM by Salinity CERSAT
Dear SMOS data user, 

We are presently organising a special journal issue on SMOS "ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity Mission: Achievements and novel applications after 5 years in orbit" in Remote Sensing of Environment. 
In 2015 the SMOS mission will have been in orbit for more than 5 years. Substantial progress has been made over recent years, in particular with regard to improving data product quality, also reflected through an increasing number of users and applications. Hence the overall objective of this special issue is to
  • Provide an update to the science community on the current performance of the mission, the data quality achieved for the level 1 brightness temperature and the level 2 soil moisture and ocean salinity data products after substantial algorithm improvements. This will include the analysis of the latest campaign results.
  • Emphasise the recent evolution of novel SMOS data products and applications, including the synergistic use of SMOS data with other data sources. To date, SMOS observations have been used by rather distinct scientific and operational communities covering a wide range of applications in oceanography, land surface hydrology, and meteorology.
  • Assess the potential of SMOS data for the generation of long-term data sets, since both soil moisture and ocean salinity have been identified as Essential Climate Variables. This will also, but not exclusively, include research being done in collaboration with other space-borne L-band sensors, such as NASA’s Aquarius and SMAP missions.
PLEASE NOTE: In a first step we would like to invite interested authors to submit an abstract (max 2 pages) of the intended paper by 30 January 2015 to On the basis of the submitted abstracts the guest editors will short-list 15-25 papers that will be invited to submit a full paper through the RSE/EES homepage with a deadline of 26 June 2015. 

Further information about the special issue can be found in the attached call for papers. 

Please forward this announcement as you see appropriate. 

Kind regards 
Susanne Mecklenburg 
(on behalf of the guest editors)
Salinity CERSAT,
Dec 2, 2014, 5:44 AM