From field experiments to salinity products: a tribute to the contributions of Jordi Font to the SMOS mission
Adriano Camps, Carolina Gabarró, Mercè Vall-llossera, Sebastià Blanch, Albert Aguasca, Francesc Torres, Ignasi Corbella, Nuria Duffo, Antonio Turiel, Marcos Portabella, Joaquim Ballabrera-Poy, Verónica González-Gambau, Justino Martínez, Ramón Villarino, Luís Enrique, Alessandra Monerris, Xavier Bosch, Roberto Sabia, Marco Talone, Maria Piles, Míriam Pablos, Enric Valencia

This article summarizes some of the activities in which Jordi Font, research professor and head of the Department of Physical and Technological Oceanography, Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC, Spanish National Research Council) in Barcelona, has been involved as co-Principal Investigator for Ocean Salinity of the European Space Agency Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth Explorer Mission from the perspective of the Remote Sensing Lab at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. We have probably left out some of his many contributions to salinity remote sensing, but we hope that this review will give an idea of the importance of his work. We focus on the following issues: 1) the new accurate measurements of the sea water dielectric constant, 2) the WISE and EuroSTARRS field experiments that helped to define the geophysical model function relating brightness temperature to sea state, 3) the FROG 2003 field experiment that helped to understand the emission of sea foam, 4) GNSS-R techniques for improving sea surface salinity retrieval, 5) instrument characterization campaigns, and 6) the operational implementation of the Processing Centre of Levels 3 and 4 at the SMOS Barcelona Expert Centre.

Keywords: SMOS; radiometry; interferometry; calibration; validation; salinity; soil moisture; sea ice; GNSS-R
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