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SMAP L3 Radar/Radiometer Global Daily 9 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 3 (SPL3SMAP)
Data set:
SPL3SMAP
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This is the most recent version of these data.
Version Summary
Changes to this version include:
  • Transitioned to Validated-Stage 2

  • Using SPL2SMAP V3 Validated data as input



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

Overview

This Level-3 (L3) soil moisture product provides a daily composite of global land surface conditions retrieved by both the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) radar and radiometer. SMAP L-band soil moisture data are resampled to an Earth-fixed, global, cylindrical 9 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid, Version 2.0 (EASE-Grid 2.0).
Data Contributor(s):
Entekhabi, D., N. Das, E. G. Njoku, J. T. Johnson, and J. Shi.
Parameter(s):
BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE SIGMA NAUGHT SOIL MOISTURE
Platform(s):
SMAP
Sensor(s):
SMAP L-BAND RADAR, SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER
Data Format(s):
HDF5, HDF5
Temporal Coverage:
13 April 2015 to 7 July 2015
Temporal Resolution:
1 day
Spatial Resolution:
9 km
9 km
Spatial Coverage:
N:
85.044
S:
-85.044
E:
180
W:
-180

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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-3 Radiometer Soil Moisture HDF5 data in ENVI. Testing notes Software: ENVI Software version: 5.3 Platform: Windows 7
This How to guide outlines the steps for properly importing, projecting and visualizing HDF and NetCDF files in ArcMap. A couple of things to note before you start:
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NASA Earthdata Search is a map-based interface where a user can search for Earth science data, filter results based on spatial and temporal constraints, and order data with customizations including re-formatting, re-projecting, and spatial and parameter subsetting.
NASA Worldview uses the Global Imagery Browse Service (GIBS) to provide up to date, full resolution imagery for select NSIDC DAAC data sets (see attachments below).
NASA's Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) provides up to date, full resolution imagery for selected NSIDC DAAC data sets. 

Getting started

OPeNDAP, the Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol, is a NASA community standard DAP that provides a simple way for researchers to access and work with data over the internet.
SMAP Ancillary data sets are used to produce SMAP Level-1, -2, -3, and -4 standard data products.
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.