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This data set contains multispectral radiometer reflectance data collected over the Soil Moisture Experiment 2005 (SMEX05) area of Iowa, USA from 16 June 2005 through 08 July 2005. The total volume of this data set is approximately 1.5 megabytes. Data are provided in ASCII text and Excel formats, and are available via FTP.
The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) is a mission instrument launched aboard NASA's Aqua satellite on 04 May 2002. AMSR-E validation studies linked to SMEX are designed to evaluate the accuracy of AMSR-E soil moisture data. Specific validation objectives include: assessing and refining soil moisture algorithm performance; verifying soil moisture estimation accuracy; investigating the effects of vegetation, surface temperature, topography, and soil texture on soil moisture accuracy; and determining the regions that are useful for AMSR-E soil moisture measurements.