The remote sensing satellite SMOS (Soil Moisture & Ocean Salinity) measures – as the first to do so – soil moisture of the continents and salinity of the oceans from space. It thus provides important information for research of the global water cycle and its influence on climate and weather.
The quality of the SMOS data, the information about data products and data access were the central topics of the workshop. In addition, new research projects on the topics land, ocean and sea ice were presented and lively discussed, and solutions for data use were worked out. At the moment there are still some difficulties in data quality, e.g. due to Radio frequency interference in several countries.
„There is still plenty to do”, says one of the organizers, the oceanographer Meike Sena Martins of Institute for Physical Oceanography. “In particular, the quality of the data must be improved further, so that quantitative ocean studies can be carried out.”
Professor Stammer, Director of the Integrated Climate Data Center (ICDC) adds: “There is an unprecedented potential for studies on variability in surface ocean salinity and soil moisture and the global hydrological cycle. Scientists of the KlimaCampus and the Integrated Climate Data Center are very actively engaged in this work“.