The SMOS satellite, launched in November 2009, is the first ESA Earth observation (EO) mission coled by Spain. With an unprecedented EO scientific, technological, and industrial leading role, Spain’s goal has been to produce, for the first time, global sea surface salinity and soil moisture maps by means of the novel synthetic aperture interferometric radiometer (MIRAS). Thanks to the Spanish National R&D program and ESA funding, and with the support from CDTI, the proposing team has successfully addressed various scientific and technological challenges, such as: i) establish an operational data production and dissemination centre in Spain, the CP34; ii) to bring together scientific and technological know-how within the CP34 associated expert centre, the SMOS BEC; and iii) to consolidate new teams and facilities dedicated to the development of SMOS products. After two years of intense work, the SMOS nominal products will be soon consolidated. As such, this proposal also focuses, for the first time, on the development of novel SMOS-based added-value products and new applications of interest for the industry and public managers. Moreover, to capitalize the know-how of the team, this proposal addresses new challenges as the SMOS synergy with new EO missions or the development of new products beyond SMOS. However, to maintain the international role of Spain in this leading-edge scientific area is necessary to consolidate this specialized and talented team together with its synergy with the industry.
Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica 2008-2011
Astronomía y Astrofísica
Astronomia y Astrofísica
Proyectos de investigación y acciones complementarias-AYA
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco