UK looks polar (temporarily)

Quickly highlighting a stunning image of the UK currently with very little not under a blanket of snow. The image is from the MODIS instrument (notice NASA first port of call again) and it is worth highlighting the recent improvements to the MODIS Rapid Response site. At first glance they look relatively minor, but the layout of quicklook images in a geographic pattern makes locating the required image much easier. Chapeau!

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First SMOS data

The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite launched last year as part of the ESA Earth Explorer series has returned its first data. Whilst this is part of the commissioning phase and is completely uncalibrated, it’s a good first step. At least it is distinguishing land from ocean.

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More information is available from ESA here and I’ll relay more new when useable data starts flowing.