SMAP's first year of observational data is providing significant surprises that will help in the modeling of climate, forecasting of weather, and monitoring of agriculture around the world.
A NASA analysis of a 2015 Texas flood is the first to document the full life cycle and impacts of a flood on both land and ocean.
All radiometer data products from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission are now available at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
SMAP is designed to measure the amount of water in the top 5 cm (2 inches) of soil, however it can also be used to estimate the sea surface salinity under normal ocean conditions and may also be used to estimate ocean wind vectors in extreme wind speed events such as tropical cyclones or hurricanes.
NASA SMAP observatory managers have determined its radar can no longer return data, but the mission continues to produce high-quality science with its radiometer instrument.