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SMAP radar processing and calibration

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dc.contributor.author West, R.
dc.contributor.author Jaruwatanadilok, S.
dc.contributor.author Kwoun, O.
dc.contributor.author Chaubell, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-30T18:59:08Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-30T18:59:08Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07-21
dc.identifier.citation IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Melbourne, Australia, July 21-26, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 13-0215
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44243
dc.description.abstract The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is part of the NASA space-based Earth observation program, and consists of an L-band radar and radiometer scheduled for launch into sun synchronous orbit in late 2014. A joint effort of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), the SMAP mission draws heavily on the design and risk reduction heritage of the Hydrosphere State (Hydros) mission [1], [2]. The SMAP science and applications objectives are to: 1) understand processes that link the terrestrial water, energy and carbon cycles, 2) estimate global water and energy fluxes at the land surface, 3) quantify net carbon flux in boreal landscapes, 4) enhance weather and climate forecast skill, and 5) develop improved flood prediction and drought monitoring capability. To meet these science objectives, SMAP ground processing will combine the attributes of the radar and radiometer observations (in terms of their spatial resolution and sensitivity to soil moisture, surface roughness, and vegetation) to estimate soil moisture with 4% volumetric accuracy at a resolution of 10 km, and freeze-thaw state at a resolution of 1-3 km. Model sensitivities translate the soil moisture accuracy to a radar backscatter accuracy of 1 dB (1σ) at 3 km resolution and a brightness temperature accuracy of 1.3 K at 40 km resolution. This paper will describe the level 1 radar processing and calibration challenges and the choices made so far for the algorithms and software implementation. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013 en_US
dc.subject Soil-Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) en_US
dc.subject Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), en_US
dc.subject radar en_US
dc.title SMAP radar processing and calibration en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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