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Innnovative products and services from microwave sensors, SMOS and Earth Sentinels

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Competitive project
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363.000,00 €
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With the advent of SMOS mission first, later on with Aquarius and SMAP missions, all of them operating radiometers in L-band,
microwave remote sensing has enormously increased its potential in Earth Observation. As microwave observations are feasible under
almost any weather condition, this range of the electromagnetic spectrum is specially well suited for the repetitive, steady measurement of
variables critical for the understanding of the Earth climate system (especially the water cycle). Besides, microwave observations allow
generating products of high socio-economic impact (drought indexes, forest fire risk assessment, nautical charts for Arctic shipping). In this
moment there is a large interest in extending the applications of L-band radiometry to new domains of application, trying to extract its
maximum possible potential. As a result of the success and versatility proved by SMOS mission, ESA member states approved an
extension of the mission until at least 2017, and in this moment new missions for the exploitation of L-band radiometry are under
discussion. Besides, more traditional missions incorporating active microwave sensors (scatterometers and radars) complete the
radiometric observation by providing reliable observations which are complementary to those by radiometers, also in an all-weather
PROMISES project aims at proving the potential of microwave Earth observation based on three main research lines. The first line
addresses the improvement in quality of present L-band measurements, and more specifically those provided by SMOS, both at
processing level and by exploiting synergies and complementarities with other sensors. The second line consists on proving the potential
of those quality measurements through applications with high socio-economic impact. The third line consists on the analysis of current
technology in order to propose possible improvements in the instrument and processing methods, to be used to derive the principles of
future sensors based on this technology.
PROMISES project is based on the fruitful activities carried out on SMOS by the three proposing teams since 1994, activities that since 2007 are strongly linked to the Barcelona Expert Center (BEC). BEC is currently providing support and visibility to the Spanish
participation in SMOS, especially since 2013 when BEC assumed the operational production of high-level SMOS products through CP34-
BEC, CP34, SMAP, SMOS, criosfera, cryosphere, drought, extreme weather, flujos oceánicos, microwave remote sensing, ocean fluxes, sequía, teledetección en microondas, tiempo extremo
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
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Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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