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The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is a European Space Agency project aimed at global monitoring of surface SMOS from radiometric L-band observations. This letter is concerned with the reduction of the systematic error (or bias) in the reconstruction of radiometric brightness temperature maps from SMOS interferometric measurements. A recent and efficient method has been proposed for reducing this error. However, a residual bias still persists. A new approach for reducing this bias down to residual values less than 0.1 K is presented here and illustrated with numerical simulations.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2009