Scientia Marina, Vol 80, No S1 (2016)

2000 days of SMOS at the Barcelona Expert Centre: a tribute to the work of Jordi Font

Antonio Turiel
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Maria Piles
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC - Signal and Communications Theory Department, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Verónica González-Gambau
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Joaquim Ballabrera-Poy
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Carolina Gabarró
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Justino Martinez
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Estrella Olmedo
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Marcos Portabella
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Fernando Pérez
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain

Jordi Solé
Barcelona Expert Centre. Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Spain


Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) is the first satellite mission capable of measuring sea surface salinity and soil moisture from space. Its novel instrument (the L-band radiometer MIRAS) has required the development of new algorithms to process SMOS data, a challenging task due to many processing issues and the difficulties inherent in a new technology. In the wake of SMOS, a new community of users has grown, requesting new products and applications, and extending the interest in this novel brand of satellite services. This paper reviews the role played by the Barcelona Expert Centre under the direction of Jordi Font, SMOS co-principal investigator. The main scientific activities and achievements and the future directions are discussed, highlighting the importance of the oceanographic applications of the mission.


SMOS; salinity; ocean circulation; oceanography; soil moisture; sea ice; radiometry; remote sensing

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