The French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency are jointly organising a first workshop on 27-29 September in Arles, France, to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present results from their research activities exploiting data from the SMOS mission.The workshop will address both SMOS calibration and validation activities as well as research activities. Further details can be found on

  • The main objectives of the workshop are to: Provide a forum for scientific exchange and to assess the state-of-art in soil moisture and ocean salinity retrieval as well as cryosphere topic
  • Assess the state-of-art for soil moisture and ocean salinity retrievals, as well as cryospheric applications
  • Initiate and encourage close collaboration between individual research groups
  • Demonstrate novel applications of fully-polarimetric interferometric radiometer data
  • Inform data users about instrument performance, processing status, product quality and data access
  • Provide an opportunity to interact and study synergies with related missions (Aquarius, SMAP, AMSR-E)
  • Update on the status of the calibration and validation activities for the SMOS data products

The deadlines are

Submission of Abstracts 13 May 2011
Extended abstract submission deadline 20 May 2011
Notifications of Acceptance 31 May 2011
Issue of Preliminary Programme 14 June 2011
Registration 30 June 2011
Submission of Full Paper 16 September 2011

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