SMOS

Five years of soil moisture, ocean salinity and beyond

ESA's SMOS satellite in orbit (Image: ESA)

ESA’s SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometers orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet’s water cycle.

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ESA water satellites track triple superstorms in Asia

Wind speed readings from three different typhoons during 10–15 October 2013.

ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity

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ESA: SMOS satellite measurements improved

Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA’s SMOS water mission have been switched off.

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Fri, 06/07/2012 - 09:07

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Europe's dry soils seen from space

ESAs’ Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) water mission has revealed the negative consequences of the deficit of precipitation that Western Europe is experiencing since February 2011, particularly in France, Germany and the UK.
The lack of sufficient precipitations affects the agricultural sector. It increases food prices and puts industry at risk by drying up shipping routes.

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Tue, 12/06/2012 - 17:28

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Horn of Africa drought seen from space

Drought in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti is pushing tens of thousands of people from their homes as millions face food insecurity in a crisis visible from space. ESA’s SMOS satellite shows that the region’s soil is too dry to grow crops.

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Mon, 25/07/2011 - 11:23

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First images from ESA’s water mission

In less than four months since launch, the first calibrated images are being delivered by ESA’s SMOS mission. These images of 'brightness temperature' translate into clear information on global variations of soil moisture and ocean salinity to advance our understanding of the water cycle.

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Fri, 26/02/2010 - 09:23

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Two new ESA satellites successfully lofted into orbit

2 November 2009 - The second satellite in ESA’s Earth Explorer series – the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission – and the second demonstration satellite under ESA’s Project for Onboard Autonomy (Proba-2) were launched into orb

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Tue, 03/11/2009 - 23:30

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