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Data Set ID: 
SPL2SMAP

SMAP L2 Radar/Radiometer Half-Orbit 9 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 2

This Level-2 (L2) soil moisture product provides gridded estimates of global land surface conditions retrieved by both the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) radar and radiometer during 6:00 a.m. descending half-orbit passes. Input SMAP L-band backscatter and brightness temperature data used to derive soil moisture are resampled to an Earth-fixed, global, cylindrical 9 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid, Version 2.0 (EASE-Grid 2.0). A variety of ancillary data are also used as input, such as surface temperature, vegetation water content (VWC), and soil texture.

Note: These data are Beta-release quality, meaning that they have not undergone full validation and may still contain significant errors.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

First public data release

Parameter(s):
  • Microwave > Brightness Temperature
  • Radar > Radar Backscatter > Sigma Nought
  • Land Surface/Agriculture Indicators > Soil Moisture
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Spatial Coverage:
N: 85.044, 
S: -85.044, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):SMAP Observatory
Spatial Resolution:
  • 9 km x 9 km
Sensor(s):SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER, SMAP L-Band Radar
Temporal Coverage:
  • 13 April 2015 to 7 July 2015
Version(s):V2
Temporal Resolution49 minuteMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Entekhabi, D., N. Das, E. G. Njoku, J. T. Johnson, and J. Shi.

Geographic Coverage

No access options.

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Entekhabi, D., N. Das, E. G. Njoku, J. T. Johnson, and J. Shi. 2015. SMAP L2 Radar/Radiometer Half-Orbit 9 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/LZIP2VM2GIA5. [Date Accessed].

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