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SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive - Mapping soil moisture and freeze/thaw state from Space
Blogs from the Field Overview
During the period from early June through mid-July 2012 the SMAPVEX12 field campaign took place at field sites in Canada near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Blogs on this page, contributed by participants in the campaign, describe highlights of events as they took place every few days and provide insights into the field sampling and soil and vegetation conditions. We much appreciate everyone's willingness to share their experiences.

Special thanks are due to our Canadian partners in SMAP who managed the ground logistics and data acquisitions for the campaign. Thanks also to the aircraft instrument mission managers and their teams (PALS and UAVSAR) for their contributions to the success of the experiment; they provided a total of 17 and 15 flight days over the 6-week period for the PALS and UAVSAR, respectively. To all the dedicated members of the ground sampling teams who did the real hard work, we say a big thank you and hope your participation yields future rewards!

Eni Njoku
SMAP Project Scientist

PALS/Twin Otter being readied for take-off.
Some members of the field sampling crew.
May 15, 2012

May 18, 2012

June 5, 2012

June 6, 2012

June 7, 2012

Airborne data acquisition and ground sampling (forest).
June 7, 2012
Mike Cosh, USDA

June 8, 2012
Andreas Colliander, JPL

June 11, 2012

June 14, 2012
Grant Wiseman, AAFC

June 15, 2012
Mariko Burgin, U Mich

After a hard day's work...
June 16, 2012
Andreas Colliander, JPL

June 17, 2012
Parag Narvekar, MIT

June 18, 2012
Narendra Das, JPL

June 19, 2012
Tom Jackson, USDA

June 19, 2012
Grant Wiseman, AAFC

June 23, 2012

June 24, 2012
Jacqueline Freeman, AAFC

June 27, 2012
Grant Wiseman, AAFC

July 3, 2012
Narendra Das, JPL

July 5, 2012
Grant Wiseman, AAFC

July 13, 2012
Steven Chan, JPL

July 18, 2012
Sab Kim, JPL

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