SMOS Training Course and Conference

posted 14 Jun 2015, 14:50 by Bodeker Scientific   [ updated 14 Jun 2015, 14:50 ]
Alexander Schwertheim recently attended the 3rd SMOS training course at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) near Madrid, Spain. The purpose of the visit was to assess the feasibility of using space based soil moisture measurements to help New Zealand farmers boost their irrigation efficiency. The week long training course was structured to teach the 18 students from all over the world about the European Space Agency's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite. The students learned about the spacecraft's design, the science behind the retrieval method, and the pros and cons of each data product. 

In the following week Alexander attended the 2nd SMOS science conference, also at ESAC, to better understand how others are utilizing the SMOS satellite data. Alexander has reported the trip was extremely beneficial to the project, and he cannot wait to put his new skills to use.