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SMOS Mission Oceanographic Data Exploitation

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Project Metadata ElementDetails
  Project Title SMOS Mission Oceanographic Data Exploitation
Research Area Water
Project Acronym SMOS
  Principal Investigator or Lead Irish Partner Brian Ward (IE); Anneke Ten Doeschate
  Principal Investigator or Lead Irish Partner Email Contact Address bward@nuigalway.ie; a.tendoeschate1@nuigalway.ie
 Department or Faculty where the Principal Investigator or Lead Irish Partner is situated School of Physics
  Postal Address of lead contact University Road, Galway
  Lead Institution or Organisation National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
 Lead Country Ireland
 Latitude, Longitude 53.27905, -9.05795
  Lead Funding Entity COST
  Approximate Project Start Date 14/01/2011
  Approximate Project Finishing Date 31/05/2015
  Project Website (if any)
  Links to other Web-based resources
 Project Keywords Oceanographic data; European Space Agency Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS); Sea Surface Salinity maps; Data availability
  Project Abstract This COST Action aims at coordinating the European studies concerning the oceanographic data exploitation of the European Space Agency Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite mission. Recently launched in November 2009, SMOS will provide for the first time Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) maps over the oceans. The monitoring of ocean salinity, a variable of renowned importance in the broader scientific context of the climate change analysis, underlines the European relevance of the Action. The overall goal targeted by the network is the synergy of the European efforts in the interpretation of the measurements and their applications, profiting from the imminent availability of SMOS data. This COST Action will coordinate European teams working on two major research areas. The first one will focus on the improvement and development of SMOS-derived data products. The second will assess the added value of such products in operational oceanography, process and climate studies. This Action is the ideal framework to capitalize the often fragmented efforts of the identified experts working in these research areas.

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