Applications of SMAP and Evapotranspiration Data: Webinar Series

If you are interested in Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) data, we would like to bring your attention to an upcoming webinar series offered by the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program that is focused on applications of SMAP and evapotranspiration data. This webinar series will help attendees learn about NASA soil moisture and evapotranspiration products and how to access and apply them for water resource management. Over the course of five weeks, attendees will learn how to monitor and manage water resources with techniques learned in training. The series will begin with an introduction to satellite missions and useful data sets. Next, trainers will demonstrate online portals for accessing data. The series will conclude with specific examples of how you can apply the data and modeled data products.

Webinar series details
Applications of Remote Sensing to Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration
Dates: Thursdays, from September 1 to September 29.
Times: 11:30-12:30 or 18:00-19:00, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Week 1: Introduction to Soil Moisture, Evapotranspiration, and an Overview of the SMAP Satellite Mission
Week 2: Applications of SMAP Data
Week 3: Accessing SMAP Data
Week 4: Landsat-based Evapotranspiration Estimates (METRIC) and Google Earth Engine Evapotranspiration Flux (EEFlux) Portal
Week 5: MODIS-based Evapotranspiration (ALEXI) and Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration data from GLDAS/NLDAS

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Surface soil moisture in the Southeastern United States as retrieved from NASA’s SMAP satellite observatory at around 6 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2015. Large parts of South Carolina appear blue, representing areas with saturated soil conditions and possible standing water resulting from heavy localized rains and flooding. Large-scale flooding was experienced all over South Carolina on Oct. 5-6, 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC

Rescheduled: Join the upcoming webinar about the recovery of old satellite data

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 1:00:00 PM MDT – 2:00:00 PM MDT

While technology of our satellite systems has greatly improved the quality and range of observations over the past 50 years, it is the legacy of the first global coverage environment satellites launched by NASA in the 1960s that marks the beginning of a unique perspective from space. Mankind first saw Earth from these satellites and there have been significant changes over the last half-century. The recovery of these old data can be something of a treasure hunt since results are not guaranteed, but the data can reveal answers to questions never considered by the original designers. Exploring data not seen in decades is both exciting and challenging. Ultimately, these early satellite data are highly valuable, as they have extended our climate records and provided important context in longer-term climate changes.

Join the webinar to learn how NASA and NSIDC are recovering old data to answer new questions. For information or to register, please see:

Join the upcoming webinar for more information about NASA Earthdata Search

NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) provides end-to-end capabilities for managing NASA’s Earth science data, including data distributed by the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). These data represent some of the most complex and diverse Earth science data sets on the planet from various sources, including satellites, aircraft, field measurements, and numerous other programs within EOSDIS. NASA’s Earthdata Search application connects scientists to their data by making search, discovery, visualization, and access faster and easier than ever. This webinar will take you on a tour of the Earthdata Search application, highlighting key features and functionality. A live demonstration featuring two data use case examples will also be provided.

For more information and to register, please see: