Call for abstracts EGU 2011: SMOS Data Exploitation

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Call for abstracts EGU 2011: SMOS Data Exploitation

Lars Kaleschke
We encourage you to submit an abstract to the session:
HS6.7 SMOS Data Exploitation: Beyond soil moisture and ocean salinity

Convener: Susanne Mecklenburg
Co-Conveners: Matthias Drusch , Lars Kaleschke , Jouni Pulliainen

ESA's water mission - SMOS - has been providing L-band brightness
temperature measurements since November 2009. The key geophysical
parameters derived operationally are surface soil moisture and ocean
salinity for hydrological and oceanographic applications, respectively.
However, it is well known that a number of other research areas can
benefit from L-band observations. The terrestrial carbon budget in
boreal areas, for example, is poorly quantified at large spatial scales.
L-band measurements from SMOS have the potential to provide estimates of
the extent and timing of the soil's freeze/thaw state and to quantify
its water content on regional to continental scales. Both parameters are
key elements to determine terrestrial carbon sources and sinks. Other
areas where SMOS may play a significant role are remote sensing of
vegetation and sea ice. We encourage presentations on the exploitation
of SMOS observations, which are not directly linked to soil moisture and
ocean salinity. Potential areas of interest are:

(i) radiative transfer model developments to better describe frozen
soils and cold regions, sea ice or vegetation properties,
(ii) validation and verification of SMOS products over boreal areas and
cold regions,
(iii) data analysis over the Antarctic ice sheet,
(iv) algorithm developments for new Level 2/3 products, e.g. to support
the detection and monitoring of the soils thaw / freeze cycle and / or
(v) data fusion and harmonisation techniques for the generation of long
term data sets, and
(vi) modelling of the terrestrial carbon budget at high latitudes using
remotely sensed observations.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lars Kaleschke
Institut für Meereskunde
Universität Hamburg
Bundesstrasse 53, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)40 42838 6518 FAX: +49 (0)40 42838 7471
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