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SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive - Mapping soil moisture and freeze/thaw state from Space
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Currently, there is no ground- or satellite-based global network monitoring soil moisture at a local level. SMAP will collect the kind of local data


A satellite launched to study the salinity of the ocean is also proving helpful in understanding the land. NASA plans to launch the SMAP satellite in


Years-long drought has pummeled millions of acres of federal rangeland in the West into dust, leaving a devastating swath from the Rockies to the

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