NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) — Pre-launch Applied Research
The launch of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission in 2015 will provide soil moisture and freeze/thaw measurements from space for applications in fields of weather, climate, drought, flood, fire, and human health. The SMAP Early Adopter Program was initiated in 2010 to support the pre-launch applied research that is published here in the Special Collection of J. Hydrometeorology. The applied research by SMAP Early Adopters provides fundamental knowledge of how SMAP data products can be scaled and integrated into users’ policy, business and management activities to improve decision-making efforts. In turn, this research has resulted in unprecedented pre-launch preparation for SMAP applications, and critical feedback to the mission to improve product specifications and distribution for post-launch applications. The applied research results presented in this Special Collection provide a jump start to application of SMAP products that will begin soon after launch.
M. Susan Moran, Research Hydrologist, USDA/ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center
Bradley Doorn, Program Manager, NASA Headquarters, Applied Sciences Program
Vanessa M. Escobar, SMAP Deputy Applications Coordinator, Sigma Space Corporation and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Molly E. Brown, SMAP Applications Coordinator, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center