- Dual Channel Algorithm (DCA) replaces Single Channel Algorithm – Vertical (SCA-V) as baseline algorithm.
- Addition of north-polar grid soil moisture retrievals which are intended to mitigate the distortion of global-grid cells at high northern latitudes (> 50N). These are presented in the products in the new Soil_Moisture_Retrieval_Data_Polar data group.
- Addition of the soil texture elements organic_content and sand_fraction in both global and polar grid groups.
- Bulk_density maximum value changed from 1 to 2.65.