from Amen Al-Yaari and Arnaud Mialon
Call for publications
Surface soil moisture (the water content in the first centimeters of soil) is an essential climate variable that plays an important role in land–atmosphere interactions. Soil moisture is widely used in improving climate model predictions/projections, weather forecasting, drought monitoring, rainfall estimations, etc.
Monitoring surface soil moisture at a global scale has recently become possible thanks to microwave remote sensing. SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) was the first dedicated soil moisture mission that has been in orbit for eight years. The SMOS satellite was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2009, carrying on board a radiometer in the L-band frequency with a native spatial resolution of ~43 km. Since then, soil moisture and vegetation optical depth (VOD) have been retrieved from multi-angular brightness temperature observations relying mainly on a radiative transfer model.
This is a dedicated Special Issue on SMOS. We welcome studies on all subjects that are related to the SMOS satellite and its products.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- the improvements in the soil moisture/VOD retrieval algorithms;
- the evaluation/validation of the SMOS soil moisture and VOD products;
- SMOS synergy with other remote sensing observations or models simulations;
- SMOS soil moisture/VOD applications for agriculture, hydrology, etc.
Dr. Amen Al-Yaari
Dr. Arnaud Mialon
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