The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission: Overview
Author(s)O'Neill, Peggy E.; Entekhabi, Dara; Njoku, Eni G.; Kellogg, Kent H.
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The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being developed by NASA in response to the National Research Council's Decadal Survey. Its mission design consists of L-band radiometer and radar instruments sharing a rotating 6-m mesh reflector antenna to provide high-resolution and high-accuracy global maps of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state every 2-3 days. The combined active/passive microwave soil moisture product will have a spatial resolution of 10 km and a mean latency of 24 hours. In addition, the SMAP surface observations will be combined with advanced modeling and data assimilation to provide deeper root zone soil moisture and net ecosystem exchange of carbon. SMAP is expected to launch in the late 2014 - early 2015 time frame.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
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O’Neill, Peggy et al. “The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission: Overview.” 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. Honolulu, HI, USA, 2010. 3236-3239. © Copyright 2010 IEEE
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