SMOS Sea Surface Salinity
Operational V1.0 – Near real time

 

Year 2013 – present

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Products description: BEC-SMOS-0001-PD.pdf

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Spatial resolution: 0.25 degree

 

Binned products

The SMOS data used to compute Binned products come from Level 2 Ocean Salinity User Data Product (UDP). These UDP files are generated by ESA and include geophysical parameters, a theoretical estimate of their accuracy, and flags and descriptors for the product quality. The binned maps are constructed by BEC by simple averaging of the filtered L2 SSS values.

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Optimal interpolation products

Level 2 data is optimal interpolated (Objective Analysis) to produce L3 maps with greater accuracy and interpolated into data gaps. To reduce the computational cost, the actual data fedding the OI algorithm are the 0.25º x 0.25º grid binned L3 data. The OI is performed using monthly WOA 2009 dataset.

L3 maps are validated with near-surface measurements provided by Argo profilers, which allow us to define several quality metrics. We have found that the implementation of these techniques significantly improve data accuracy with respect to L3 binned maps.

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Fused products using singularity analysis techniques

There is some evidence that different ocean scalars possess the same singularity exponent – what should be expected if singularity exponents are the result of flow advection. This correspondence of singularity exponents is exploited by BEC to diminish the effect of noise and artifacts on Sea Surface Salinity SMOS level 3 maps. The algorithm uses the information conveyed by the singularity exponents derived from daily OSTIA SST to produce fused salinity maps.

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