ESA’s SMOS satellite makes global observations of soil moisture over land and salinity over oceans. The main objectives of the ARGANS SMOS project are to project manage the scientific and software improvements to the SMOS L2OS (level 2 Ocean Salinity) processor and to develop and maintain the SMOS L2OS processor. We will develop and maintain the SMOS L2OS website, and will provide support to Expert Support Laboratories, for example, through the running of test data sets.
So far, we are successfully overseeing the production, maintenance and evolution of the SMOS L2 Ocean Salinity data processor. We continue to make improvements in the retrieval algorithm based in a forward model to inverse L-band measurements into the Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) data. We have created L3 SSS datasets with the longest time series available. There has also been a surge of downstream applications (Ice monitoring, TEC estimation, pH estimations).Website