Data Set ID: 
SV16M_PLTBSM

SMAPVEX16 Manitoba PALS Brightness Temperature and Soil Moisture Data, Version 1

This product contains data derived from permanent in situ soil stations and observations by the Passive Active L-band System (PALS) microwave aircraft instrument. The PALS instrument was mounted to a DC-3 aircraft, which flew six parallel flight lines at an altitude of 3000 m in order to map a 26 km x 48 km domain in Manitoba, Canada. Nine permanent soil stations were distributed throughout this same area.

The soil characteristics included in this data set are volumetric soil moisture, vertically and horizontally polarized brightness temperature, effective soil temperature, effective vegetation temperature, vegetation water content, land cover classification, sand and clay fraction, and volumetric soil moisture uncertainty estimates.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Initial release

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Parameter(s):
  • MICROWAVE > BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE
  • LAND USE/LAND COVER > LAND USE/LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION
  • SOILS > SOIL MOISTURE/WATER CONTENT > SOIL MOISTURE
  • SOILS > SOIL TEMPERATURE
  • SOILS > SOIL TEXTURE
  • VEGETATION > PLANT CHARACTERISTICS > VEGETATION WATER CONTENT
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII
Spatial Coverage:
N: 49.79, 
S: 49.36, 
E: -97.75, 
W: -98.12
Platform(s):AIRCRAFT
Spatial Resolution:
  • 500 m x 500 m
Sensor(s):PALS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 8 June 2016 to 22 July 2016
Version(s):V1
Temporal ResolutionVariesMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Andreas Colliander, Sidharth Misra, Michael Cosh

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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.

Colliander, A., S. Misra, and M. Cosh. 2019. SMAPVEX16 Manitoba PALS Brightness Temperature and Soil Moisture Data, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/WM5FXV7WPQ6F. [Date Accessed].

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