SMAP to Measure Soil Moisture from Space

38_smap_satelliteAlthough water in the soil represents only a fraction of Earth’s total water, it’s important to understand and monitor. SMAP will provide high resolution, space-based measurements of soil moisture, and whether it’s frozen or thawed. This is a new capability that will allow scientists to better predict natural hazards of extreme weather, climate change, floods and droughts, and help reduce uncertainties in our understanding of Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles.

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