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Salinity Pilot-Mission Exploitation Platform

Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most challenging world regions to retrieve salinity from L-band satellite observations mainly because of two reasons: the land sea contamination and the degradation of the measurements due to the effect of the Radio Frequency Interference sources, which in the Eastern Mediterranean is particularly strong. First analyses have attempted to provide better filtered and quality-controlled SMOS products in these regions (Alvera-Azcarate et al., 2016 ; Olmedo et al., 2018) and help quantifying eddies activity in the western Mediterranean Sea. SMAP data, being better protected from RFI, show promising quality in this region.