Date- Sept 09 Source- http://www.esa.int/esa-mmg/mmghome.pl 'The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission will provide global maps of soil moisture and ocean salinity. Soil moisture data are urgently required for hydrological studies and data on ocean salinity are vital for improving our understanding of ocean circulation patterns. Together these data will contribute to furthering our knowledge of the Earth's water cycle, and will improve climate, weather and extreme-event forecasting.'
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