September 18, 2016 - September 19, 2016


New York City, NY
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This workshop will focus on the calibration and validation (Cal/Val) of SMAP science data products. The workshop will provide a forum for scientists from around the world to participate in implementing the SMAP Cal/Val plan, assessing performance to date, exchanging expert information and resolving key issues.

The SMAP Cal/Val Plan addresses Cal/Val activities undertaken to ensure the generation of high quality products and definitive validation of the products after launch. These activities include instrument calibration and a suite of validation methodologies that include core validations sites, sparse observing networks, intercomparisons with other satellite missions providing similar products, model-based intercomparisons, and field campaigns.

All products will be assessed and plans for further evaluation and improvement will be discussed. Results of recent field campaigns will be reviewed. Continued participation in SMAP Cal/Val activities by the broad science community is of importance to the SMAP mission.

The SMAP Cal/Val Workshop will be followed by the 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop that will be held Sept. 21-22, 2016 in New York City. Information on that workshop can be found here.

Meeting Location

CITY University of New York
Advanced Science Research Center
85 Saint Nicholas Terrace
New York, NY 10031

Location and directions

Hosted by Prof. Kyle McDonald

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Dr. Tom Jackson
USDA ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab Beltsville, MD 20705

Dr. Andreas Colliander
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109