Due to a software issue at the SMAP Science Data System (SDS), SMAP products cannot be produced automatically. Data production, and therefore data delivery, may be sporadic and come in waves until the software issue is fixed. In particular, users should expect large data gaps over the weekends which will be back-filled every Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience and a patch to fix the issue should be delivered within the next month.
Data Set ID: 
SPL3SMA

SMAP L3 Radar Global Daily 3 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 3

This Level-3 (L3) soil moisture product provides a composite of daily estimates of global land surface conditions retrieved by the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) radar as well as a variety of ancillary data sources. SMAP L-band soil moisture data are resampled to an Earth-fixed, global, cylindrical 3 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid, Version 2.0 (EASE-Grid 2.0).

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Changes to this version include:

  • Transitioned to Validated-Stage 1
  • Uses SPL2SMA V3 Validated data as input; inherited all changes and improvements of the new version

For the full major and minor version history, go to https://nsidc.org/data/smap/data_versions.

COMPREHENSIVE Level of Service

Data: Data integrity and usability verified; data customization services available for select data

Documentation: Key metadata and comprehensive user guide available

User Support: Assistance with data access and usage; guidance on use of data in tools and data customization services

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Parameter(s):
  • RADAR > SIGMA NAUGHT
  • SOILS > SOIL MOISTURE/WATER CONTENT > SOIL MOISTURE
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Spatial Coverage:
N: 85.044, 
S: -85.044, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):SMAP
Spatial Resolution:
  • 3 km x 3 km
Sensor(s):SMAP L-BAND RADAR
Temporal Coverage:
  • 13 April 2015 to 7 July 2015
Version(s):V3
Temporal Resolution1 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Kim, S., J. Van Zyl, R. S. Dunbar, E. G. Njoku, J. T. Johnson, M. Moghaddam, and L. Tsang.

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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.

Kim, S., J. Van Zyl, R. S. Dunbar, E. G. Njoku, J. T. Johnson, M. Moghaddam, and L. Tsang. 2016. SMAP L3 Radar Global Daily 3 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 3. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/IGQNPB6183ZX. [Date Accessed].

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