Data Set ID: 
SPL2SMP

SMAP L2 Radiometer Half-Orbit 36 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 1

This Level-2 (L2) soil moisture product provides gridded estimates of global land surface conditions retrieved by the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) passive microwave radiometer during 6:00 a.m. descending and 6:00 p.m. ascending half-orbit passes. Input SMAP L-band brightness temperature data used to derive soil moisture are resampled to an Earth-fixed, global, cylindrical 36 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 soil texture and vegetation opacity.

Note: These data are Beta-release quality, meaning that they have not undergone full validation and may still contain significant errors. Currently, in this Beta release, 6:00 p.m. ascending half-orbit granules are not considered by the SPL2SMP processing software; however, that inclusion is expected after further analysis. In addition, the data fields that indicate retrieval quality, called retrieval qual flag and retrieval qual flag option[1-5], were found to contain incorrect information. Users are advised to ignore these data fields in Version 1 of this product.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

First public data release

Parameter(s):
  • Snow/Ice > Albedo
  • Microwave > Brightness Temperature
  • Soils > Soil Moisture/Water Content
  • Topography > Surface Roughness
  • Vegetation > Plant Characteristics > Vegetation Water Content
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Spatial Coverage:
N: 85.044, 
S: -85.044, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):SMAP Observatory
Spatial Resolution:
  • 36 km x 36 km
Sensor(s):SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER
Temporal Coverage:
  • 9 September 2015 to 25 October 2015
Version(s):V1
Temporal Resolution49 minuteMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):O'Neill, P. E., S. Chan, E. G. Njoku, T. Jackson, and R. Bindlish.

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.

O'Neill, P. E., S. Chan, E. G. Njoku, T. Jackson, and R. Bindlish. 2015. SMAP L2 Radiometer Half-Orbit 36 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, 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/HF1KOE0Q85V7. [Date Accessed].

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