September 8, 2009 - September 9, 2009


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Science Center Auditorium,
1301 East West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Map and directions to workshop location (PDF, 216 KB)

Agenda (PDF, 113 KB)


Oral Presentations

1. NOAA Welcome (PDF, 242 KB) (L. Uccellini)
2. NASA Applied Science Program (PDF, 10.13 MB) (B. Doorn, D. Toll, A. Donnellan)
3. SMAP Project Overview (PDF, 2.42 MB) (K. Kellogg)
4. Overview of SMAP Data Products (PDF, 2.53 MB) (E. Njoku, P. O'Neill)
5. Workshop Goals (PDF, 252 KB) (D. Entekhabi)
6. Soil Moisture and Numerical Weather Prediction (PDF, 549 KB) (S. Belair)
7. Applying SMAP Data Products in Numerical Weather and Seasonal Climate Predictions at NOAA-NCEP (PDF, 1.47 MB) (M. Ek et al.)
8. SMAP Contributions to Drought Early Warning (PDF, 1.84 MB) (J. Verdin, G. Senay)
9. Flood Monitoring and Prediction: Potential Applications of SMAP Data to NOAA Operations and Research (PDF, 997 KB) (B. Cosgrove, D. Kitzmiller)
10. SMAP and Agricultural Productivity Applications (PDF, 612 KB) (W. Crow et al.)
11. Human Health (G. Glass)
12. SMAP and National Defense (PDF, 1.12 MB) (R. Davis)
13. Ecological Forecasting (PDF, 2.78 MB) (W. Wang and R. Nemani)


1. Improving Desert Locust Decision Support in Africa and Asia using SMAP Soil Moisture Estimates (PDF, 621 KB) (J. Bolten, M. Brown, P. Ceccato)
2. Towards Obtaining Operative Soil Moisture Products using SAR Data from the SAOCOM Missionr (PDF, 1.3 MB) (D. Dadamia, M. Thibeault)
3. ECMWF Soil Moisture Analysis: Use of Active and Passive Microwave Data (PDF, 5.95 MB) (P. de Rosnay et al.)
4. Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture and Landslide Hazards (PDF, 1 MB) (R. Ray and J. Jacobs)
5. U. S. Climate Reference Network: Current Status and Future Directions (PDF, 3.25 MB) (M. Palecki)
6. Land Surface Characterization for Precipitation Retrieval in the GPM Era (PDF, 8.67 MB) (J. Turk et al.)
7. Retrieval of Soil Moisture with Airborne and Satellite Microwave Sensors (PDF, 2.01 MB) (S. Paloscia et al.)

Workshop Report (PDF, 1.81 MB)


The NASA Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) mission will be launched in the 2014-2015 time frame to provide global measurements of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state. SMAP science measurements will enable applications including drought and flood guidance, agricultural productivity estimation, weather forecasting, climate predictions, disease risk assessment and national security.

The goal of the 1st SMAP Applications Workshop was to provide a mechanism to share information about SMAP applications and to inform the SMAP mission about the challenges facing SMAP data users. The workshop aimed to strengthen the relationship between the SMAP mission and SMAP data users, and to provide inputs needed to develop the SMAP Applications Plan.

Applications Plan

The overall goal of the SMAP Applications Plan is to engage SMAP end users and build broad support for SMAP applications through a transparent and inclusive process. The sub-goals are to:

  1. Define SMAP applied science;
  2. Develop a community of end-users and decision makers that understand SMAP capabilities and are interested in using SMAP products in their application (termed SMAP Community of Practice);
  3. Reach out to end-users that are unfamiliar with SMAP capabilities but have the potential to benefit from SMAP products in their application (termed SMAP Community of Potential);
  4. Identify several "early adopters" who will partner to optimize their use of SMAP products, possibly even before launch as part of the SMAP testbed activities and SMAP calibration/validation (termed SMAP Targeted Partners);
  5. Provide information about SMAP applications to the broad science community to build support for SMAP applications (termed SMAP Community of Support); and
  6. Facilitate feedback between SMAP Communities and the SMAP Mission and Science Definition Team.
Further Information

For further information please contact:

Dr. Susan Moran
Chair, SMAP Applications Working Group
USDA ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center
2000 E. Allen Rd., Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: 520 670 6380 X171

Dr. Molly E. Brown
SMAP Applications Coordinator
Biospheric Sciences Branch
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771