SMOS and Hydrology: Trials and Tribulations After 4 Years in Space
CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS)
“SMOS and Hydrology: trials and tribulations after 4 years in space”
Yann Kerr, Ph.D.
Director, CESBIO France
Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) is the second Earth Explorer Opportunity mission developed as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) Living .Planet Programme. SMOS, is a satellite which forms part of ESA's Living Planet Programme. It is intended to provide new insights into Earth's water cycle and climate. Information from SMOS is expected to help improve short and medium-term weather forecasts, and also have practical applications in areas such as agriculture and water resource management. In addition, climate models should benefit from having a more precise picture of the scale and speed of movement of water in the different components of the hydrological cycle.
Dr. Yann Kerr is the Director of the Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO) and Principal investigator on the SMOS project.