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Phase 1 of the Soil Moisture CCI project was kicked off on 01-01-2012.

In its first phase the project carried out the following activities:

  • Year 1: Engagement of the climate modelling community, definition of product specifications and algorithms selection
  • Year 2: System prototyping and ECV production
  • Year 3: Final production and user assessment

Phase 2 that was kicked off in January 2015 and aims at a graceful evolution of the system from Phase 1 prototype to a sustainable version in Phase 2 within 3 years. Finally, an operational framework for the production of the most complete and consistent possible multi-sensor global ECV soil moisture data records based on active and passive microwave sensors will be provided. Phase 2 is characterised by cyclic annual workflows as displayed below:

Phase 2 Workflow