THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - ERBE -
Full Name Earth Radiation Budget Experiment Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NASA Maturity
Instrument Type Earth radiation budget radiometers Geometry
Instrument Technology Broad-band radiometer Sampling Other
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Radiation budget measurements - Total energy of Sun's radiant heat and light, Reflected solar radiation, Earth emitted radiation.
Resolution Summary 1000 km sun, 40 km Earth
Swath Summary Full sun and full earth views
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Sunview: NIR - FIR: 0.2 - 3.5 µm, 0.2 - 50.0 µm; Channel 5: 0.2 - 50.0 µm; Earth view: 0.2 - 50.0 µm
UV (~0.01 µm - ~0.40 µm)
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
MWIR (~3.0 µm - ~6.0 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
FIR (~15.0 µm - ~0.1 cm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Radiation budgetUpwelling (Outgoing) short-wave radiation at TOA 
Upwelling (Outgoing) long-wave radiation at TOA 
Instrument Missions
NOAA-9 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 9 (1984 - 1997)
ERBS - Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (1984 - 2005)
NOAA-10 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 10 (1986 - 1997)
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