ESA BR-288 SMOS - ESA's Water Mission
Launched in November 2009, SMOS is making global observations of soil moisture over land and salinity over oceans. By consistently mapping these two variables, SMOS will advance our understanding of the water cycle.
By consistently mapping these two variables, the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission will not only advance our understanding of the exchange processes between Earth’s surface and atmosphere, but will also help to improve weather and climate models.
This 16-page brochure describes the science behind the mission and how the satellite works.