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SMAP L2 Radiometer Half-Orbit 36 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 4 (SPL2SMP)
Data set:
SPL2SMP
Citation
There is a more recent version of these data.
Version Summary
Changes to this version include:

  • Added 6:00 p.m. ascending half orbits, which provide:
    • More frequent regional/global coverage (critical in flood monitoring)

    • Soil moisture diurnal variability information (useful in data assimilation systems)

    • Consistency with other similar satellite-based soil moisture products


  • Derived frozen ground flag (bit 7 of surface_flag) autonomously using Normalized Polarization Ration (NPR)-based passive freeze-thaw retrieval; replaces former radar-based freeze/thaw flag

Overview

This Level-2 (L2) soil moisture product provides 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. SMAP L-band brightness temperatures are used to derive soil moisture data, which are then resampled to an Earth-fixed, global, cylindrical 36 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid, Version 2.0 (EASE-Grid 2.0).
Data Contributor(s):
O'Neill, P. E., S. Chan, E. G. Njoku, T. Jackson, and R. Bindlish.
Parameter(s):
BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE SOIL MOISTURE
Platform(s):
SMAP Observatory
Sensor(s):
SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER
Data Format(s):
HDF5
Temporal Coverage:
31 March 2015 to 4 June 2018
Temporal Resolution:
49 minute
Spatial Resolution:
36 km
36 km
Spatial Coverage:
N:
85.044
S:
-85.044
E:
180
W:
-180

Data Access & Tools

This data set has been retired. There is a more recent version of these data.

Help Articles

How To

Many NSIDC data set web pages provide the ability to search and filter data with spatial and temporal contstraints using a map-based interface. This article outlines how to order NSIDC DAAC data using advanced searching and filtering. 
To convert HDF5 files into binary format you will need to use the h5dump utility, which is part of the HDF5 distribution available from the HDF Group. How you install HDF5 depends on your operating system.
The following are instructions on how to import and geolocate SMAP Level-1C HDF5 data in ENVI. Testing notes Software: ENVI Software version: 5.3 and above. If using version 5.3, service pack 5.3.1 is needed.  Platform: Windows 7
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NASA's Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) provides up to date, full resolution imagery for selected NSIDC DAAC data sets. 

Getting started

SMAP data files contain rich quality information that can be useful for many data users. The retrieval quality flag and surface flag bit values and interpretations are documented in the respective product Data Fields pages: Level-2 soil moisture product (SPL2SMP)
SMAP Ancillary data sets are used to produce SMAP Level-1, -2, -3, and -4 standard data products.
The following table describes both the required and actual latencies for the different SMAP radiometer data sets. Latency is defined as the time (# days, hh:mm:ss) from data acquisition to product generation.
The following table describes the data subsetting, reformatting, and reprojection services that are currently available for SMAP data via the NASA Earthdata Search, a Data Subscription, and Programmatic Access.