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Scientists Release Global Maps Of Soil Moisture
2014-07-08 03:28:01

[ Watch The Video: Aquarius Returns Global Maps Of Soil Moisture ] Maria-José Viñas, NASA Scientists working with data from NASA's Aquarius instrument have released worldwide maps of soil moisture, showing how the wetness of the land fluctuates with the seasons and weather phenomena. Soil moisture, the water contained within soil particles, is an important player in Earth's water cycle. It is essential for plant life and influences weather and climate. Satellite readings of soil...

Food Security Boosted By ESA’s Soil Moisture And Ocean Salinity Mission
2014-05-22 03:16:39

ESA ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle – this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine. The US Department of Agriculture use satellite images and soil moisture data to help identify abnormal weather that may affect the production and yield of crops. Using this information, they publish monthly...

2014-04-09 16:44:10

Detecting drought before it causes more catastrophe: the news could go down like a cool drink of water for regions feeling the heat. University of Cincinnati researchers are at work tracking drought patterns across the United States. Qiusheng Wu, a doctoral student and research assistant for the UC Department of Geography, and Hongxing Liu, a UC professor and head of the Department of Geography, will present details this week at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers...

Antarctic Research Shows SMOS And GOCE Data Similarities
2014-01-09 12:58:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic ice sheet will help bring about a better understanding of what lies beneath the South Pole. Dome-C on the Antarctic Plateau is one of the coldest places on Earth. The region is extremely dry and is essentially a cold-barren white desert. While these conditions are not ideal for a vacation, they do offer a stable place to check the validity of data from the European Space...

ESA’s Soil Moisture And Ocean Salinity Satellite Sees Triple Superstorms
2013-10-22 11:58:12

[ Watch The Video: SMOS Tracks Hurricane Igor ] ESA ESA’s versatile water mission tracked Asia’s recent storms over land and sea. Over the past three weeks, tropical cyclone activity has intensified over the seas bordering southern and eastern Asia. Cyclone Phailin began forming on 4 October in the Gulf of Thailand, before moving northwest across the Bay of Bengal and making landfall in northern India. The storm affected about 12 million people and claimed dozens of lives....

ESA’s SMOS And NASA’s Aquarius Missions Monitoring Ocean Salinity
2013-04-22 14:21:15

ESA [ Watch The Video Freshwater Plume From SMOS And Aquarius ] The saltiness of the oceans is being closely monitored from space by both ESA´s SMOS and NASA´s Aquarius missions, but in slightly different ways. By joining forces, researchers are exploiting these complementary missions to benefit climate science even further. Everyone knows that seawater is salty, but it isn´t that obvious that the concentration of salt — the salinity — of the surface waters...

SMOS Helping To Sift Through Wetlands
2013-03-22 21:07:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's SMOS satellite is showing its worth in observing the wetlands, offering a better understanding of Earth's carbon cycle. SMOS is a multifaceted satellite capable of mapping soil moisture and ocean salinity, and its novel microwave sensor is able to capture images of brightness temperature to obtain this information. The satellite has been used to map freezing soil, monitor thin Arctic sea ice,...

The Global Success Story Continues For SMOS
2013-02-22 14:08:07

ESA [ Watch The Video Sea-Surface Salinity and Currents ] ESA´s water mission is shedding new light on the meandering Gulf Stream, just one of the SMOS satellite´s numerous achievements. Launched in 2009, ESA´s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite has been helping us to understand the water cycle. Over the past three years it has been providing more accurate information on global soil moisture and ocean salinity. New results unveiled today in Spain show...

ESA Water Mission Tracked Super Storm Sandy
2012-11-09 12:22:02

ESA When millions of people are bracing themselves for the onslaught of extreme weather, as much information as possible is needed to predict the strength of the impending storm. ESA´s SMOS mission again showed its versatility by capturing unique measurements of Hurricane Sandy. As its name suggests, the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite was designed to measure how much moisture is held in soil and how much salt is held in the surface waters of the oceans. This...

A Better Look At Salinity From SMOS
2012-10-01 08:26:12

Earth observation measurements shouldn´t be taken with a pinch of salt. ESA is comparing readings of sea-surface salinity from drifting floats to confirm the SMOS water mission´s measurements. Since its launch in 2009, ESA´s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite has been helping us to understand the water cycle. As with any Earth observation mission, it is important to validate the readings acquired from space. This involves comparing the satellite data with...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.