ESRIN Contract No. 400114738/15/I-SBo

International Scientific Cooperation

 Period: 2015 – 2017 (24 months)
Partners: The consortium is based on a close collaboration between 3 partners:

  • LTHE: Laboratoire d’études des Transferts en Hydrologie et Environment (Prime contractor)
  • CNR : Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Subcontractor)
  • CESBIO: Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (Subcontractor)


Quantitative precipitation estimate is one vital input to meteorologists, hydrologic scientists, water resources managers, and environmental legislators. Yet, accurate measurement of precipitation over the relevant space and time scales remains a challenge. Soil moisture can be seen as the trace of the precipitation and, consequently, can be useful for providing a way to estimate rainfall accumulation or at least a new constrain to rainfall algorithms.

In this context, the objective of the ‘SMOS+RAINFALL’ project is to assess the potential of the new observational capabilities of the SMOS satellite to infer enhance rainfall information over land. Two main approaches are considered and tested on nine selected sites in six different countries where dense and high-quality rain gauge network is available.

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