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SMOS MODE group will meet on 25th November at the Met Office.

The EU COST Action ES1001 SMOS-MODE (SMOS Mission Oceanographic Data Exploitation) is aimed at coordinating European studies concerning the exploitation of the ESA Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite mission over oceans.

Beginning in January 2011, SMOS-MODE has been fundamental in focusing a broad pan-European user community on the novel data that the SMOS mission is providing. The overall goal targeted by the network is the synergy of European efforts in the interpretation of the measurements and their applications. This COST Action is coordinating European teams working on two major research areas. The first theme focuses on the improvement and development of the various techniques being implemented to retrieve salinity information from satellite data. The second is assessing the added value of such products in operational oceanography, process and climate studies. The Action has been an ideal framework to homogenize the often fragmented efforts in these research areas. It is expected that it will help in defining, when possible, common protocols to avoid the proliferation of multiple salinity products arising from the same source of data. The work carried out under the SMOS-MODE umbrella has provided valuable feedback to evaluate the mission’s performance and SMOS-MODE has established its role as an EU-US ocean salinity reference group, serving as a scientific and programmatic bridge to colleagues overseas.

In the past, SMOS-MODE COST Action and ESA’s SMOS mission have actively worked together on events such as the “SMOS-Aquarius Science Workshop”, held in April 2013 in Brest, France, jointly co-organised and funded by SMOS-MODE.

In the context of the current “Ocean Salinity Science and Salinity Remote Sensing Workshop”, apart from providing financial support for the local host including Travel and Support (T&S) for between 30 and 40 delegates, SMOS-MODE will hold a meeting of Working Group 1 (Satellite salinity retrieval) and a Management Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 25th. The meeting of Working Group 2 (Oceanographic exploitation) will be integrated with the main Workshop given the complementarity of the themes.