SMOS-IC includes both a product of soil moisture (SM) and L-band vegetation optical depth (L-VOD) at a resolution of 25 x 25 km
The SMOS-IC algorithm corresponds to the SMOS “original algorithm” i.e. the two parameter (SM and L-VOD) inversion of the L-MEB model that was proposed in the SMOS project submitted to ESA and was already described back in Wigneron et al. (2000, 2007).Model parameter optimisation was evaluated in Fernandez Moran et al., 2017b; First version (V105) was presented and evaluated at global scale by Fernandez Moran et al., 2017a. The most recent version (V2) was developed by the INRAE-Bordeaux (IB) Remote Sensing Lab, Li et al., 2020, in prep.
Key Features: -SMOS-IC is independent of modelled SM data (ECMWF and NOAH mdoel) and vegetation optical indices (LAI, NDVI, EVI), thus avoiding circular evaluation/validation and making it indepedent and robust in (i) evaluation against modelled SM data and RS-derived biomass/height data base (ii) analysis of long term trends, (iii) model assimilation -The SMOS-IC L-VOD / SM products have been recently used, within the framework of many international collaborations, in studies investigating the water and carbon cycles at continental scales and published in Nature Ecology Evolution, Nature Plants, Nature Communications, SCience Advances, etc.
Performances: past and ongoing studies showed that the IC product compares very well with/or outperforms, the other microwave products for both SM (Fernandez-Moran et al., 2017, A. Al-Yaari et al., 2019, Quets et al., 2017, Ma et al., 2020, Dong et al., 2020, etc.) and L-VOD (Fernandez-Rodriguez et al., 2018).
Product. SMOS-IC provides global gridded (EASE grid 2) daily SM (m3/m3) and VOD in the NetCDF format with a ~25 km cylindrical projection (ascending and descending overpasss at 0600 a.m. and 0.600 p.m. Local Solar Time, respectively). The current version is V200 (processed end of 2020) and has a global coverage. The version V105 of SMOS-IC SM is available as a scientific product at the Centre Aval de Traitement des Données SMOS (CATDS) at ftp://ext-catdscecsm:firstname.lastname@example.org/Land_products/L3_SMOS_IC_Soil_Moisture/