Date: November 14-16, 2012
Venue: Embassy Suites Hotel, Oxnard, CA
The workshop focused on plans for calibration and validation (Cal/Val) of SMAP science data products. The workshop provided a forum for scientists from around the world to participate in implementing the SMAP Cal/Val plan, exchange expert information and resolve key issues.
The SMAP Cal/Val Plan addresses pre- and post-launch Cal/Val activities undertaken to ensure the generation of high quality products and definitive validation of the products. At the First and Second Cal/Val workshops, science community involvement and activities were initiated to support SMAP Cal/Val objectives. These activities included plans for field campaigns, development of tower and aircraft-based simulators and methods for integrating the diverse in situ resources available for validation.
At the 3rd Cal/Val Workshop, results to date were reviewed and plans developed that focused on the post-launch phase of Cal/Val (product levels L1-L4). A specific objective of the workshop was the planning of a Cal/Val rehearsal Phase-I in 2013. A Cal/Val rehearsal Phase-II is planned in 2014. The rehearsals are designed to exercise the acquisition, integration, and application of all Cal/Val elements in order to identify and ameliorate issues prior to the actual post-launch Cal/Val.
Continued participation in SMAP Cal/Val activities by the broad science community is of importance to the SMAP mission.
Dr. Tom Jackson
USDA ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab
Beltsville, MD 20705
Dr. Andreas Colliander
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109