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Sandy captured by SMOS

ESA's Soil Moisure and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) has been used to capture novel measurements of hurricane Sandy. A method developed by Ifremer and CLS, of France, has been used to estimate wind speeds using microwave measurements.

SMOS was originally designed, as the name suggests, to measure the moisture on land and the salinity of the oceans. However it is sufficiently versatile to be used for other uses; in this case, its microwave detector has been used for surface wind measurements, using the properties of the surface under stormy winds. The measurements compare well from in situ buoy measurements, where available.

For more information, see this ESA news article.

Image from ESA/Ifremer.