Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 9, 2012
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Citation: Jackson, T.J. 2012. The soil moisture active/passive (SMAP) mission: How we got here and what it will provide[abstract]. Argentine Congress of Remote Sensing 2012. 2012 CDROM. Technical Abstract: The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite will be launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in October 2014. This satellite is the culmination of basic research and applications development over the past thirty years. During most of this period, research and development of the active and passive approaches to soil moisture were separate and to a degree competitive; one offering high spatial resolution (active) and the other a more robust and accurate retrieval (passive). The SMAP concept combines these two technologies and provides three soil moisture products; active-based high resolution, passive-based low resolution, and a composite moderate resolution. The path to the satellite, the current status, products, and opportunities for contribution in validation and applications to hydrology and agriculture are presented.