Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Project Number: 8042-13610-028-04
Start Date: May 01, 2009
End Date: Apr 30, 2014
A wide range of activities that will contribute to the pre-launch planning for the SMAP mission. These include providing guidance and coordination in establishing the overall project validation plan, contributing to specific objectives related to the soil moisture products, conducting pre-launch algorithm development and validation, establishing and coordinating in situ soil moisture resources, and participating in both the design and execution of field campaigns. In addition to providing SMAP with guidance based upon experience and expertise, the following tasks will be addressed as part of analyses; development of L3 soil moisture algorithms (primarily the single channel algorithm), the exploitation of existing and near future satellites for SMAP algorithm development and validation, global validation with in situ soil moisture data (specifically enhancing existing resources through calibration, scaling, and cooperation, establishing sites that address the unique requirements of SMAP, and pre-launch field experiments to support critical algorithm and science issues.