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SMOS sings the song of ice and fire

02 July 2015

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While ESA's water mission continues to deliver key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity to advance our understanding of Earth, it is becoming increasingly important for 'real world' applications, further demonstrating the societal benefit of Earth observation.

During the 2nd SMOS Science Conference held in May at ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid, Spain, operational agencies such as Mercator Ocean, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and the DeputacĂ­o de Barcelona emphasised the potential for applications that benefit everyday life.

Peter Bauer from ECMWF said, "Continuity of L-band observations is of fundamental importance for operational agencies and numerical weather prediction.

"SMOS data have already shown their value for weather forecasting as soil moisture information is crucial for predictive skill beyond the medium range. SMOS data also have the potential to provide additional capabilities for re-analyses and the Copernicus Climate Change service in future. Longer time series are needed for such research to provide consolidated input."

Source: European Space Agency (ESA)

Image credit: ESA/AOES Medialab - Artist's concept of SMOS

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