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Data Set ID: 
SPL2SMA

SMAP L2 Radar Half-Orbit 3 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 2

This Level-2 (L2) soil moisture product provides estimates of global land surface conditions retrieved by the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) active radar during 6:00 a.m. descending half-orbit passes, as well as ancillary data such as surface temperature and vegetation water content. Input backscatter data used to derive soil moisture are resampled to an Earth-fixed, global, cylindrical 3 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth Grid, Version 2.0 (EASE-Grid 2.0).

Note: These data are Beta-release quality, meaning that they have not undergone full validation and may still contain significant errors.

There is a more recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

First public data release

Parameter(s):
  • Radar > Radar Backscatter > Sigma Nought
  • Land Surface/Agriculture Indicators > Soil Moisture
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Spatial Coverage:
N: 85.044, 
S: -85.044, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):SMAP Observatory
Spatial Resolution:
  • 3 km x 3 km
Sensor(s):SMAP L-Band Radar
Temporal Coverage:
  • 13 April 2015 to 7 July 2015
Version(s):V2
Temporal Resolution49 minuteMetadata 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.

Geographic Coverage

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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. 2015. SMAP L2 Radar Half-Orbit 3 km EASE-Grid Soil Moisture, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/6O6GPHUJ2QXM. [Date Accessed].

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FAQ

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