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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MVISR (5 channels) -
Full Name Multispectral Visible and Infra-red Scan Radiometer (5 channels) Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies CAST, NRSCC Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications To provide multispectral analysis of hydrological, oceanographic, land use and meteorological parameters. Global imager & SST. Ocean colour.
Resolution Summary
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsAerosol optical depth (column/profile) 
Aerosol effective radius (column/profile) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery 
Cloud cover 
Cloud top temperature 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Fire area 
Radiation budgetUpwelling (Outgoing) long-wave radiation at TOA 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
VegetationNormalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) 
Instrument Missions
FY-1A - FY-1A Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (1988 - 1988)
FY-1B - FY-1B Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (1990 - 1991)
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