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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - IR Correlation Radiometer (GeoCape) -
Full Name IR Correlation Radiometer (GeoCape) Status Proposed
Instrument Agencies NASA Maturity High Heritage - Non-Operational
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Narrow-band channel IR radiometer Sampling Sounding
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications The near-IR and thermal-IR data will describe vertical CO, an excellent tracer of long-range transport of pollution. Identifying large scale vegetation burning events. Characterizing the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere.
Resolution Summary 7 km horizontal spatial resolution, 2-3 layers in vertical resolution; < 0.2 um spectral resolution.
[Best Resolution: 7000m]
Swath Summary 2-d image of continental domain (north or south America).
Accuracy Summary CO precision: 1 x 10^17 cm^ (-2)
Waveband Summary 2.3, 4.6 µm
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
MWIR (~3.0 µm - ~6.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Trace gases (excluding ozone)Atmospheric Chemistry - CH4 (column/profile)1 [%]
Atmospheric Chemistry - CO (column/profile) 
Instrument Missions
GEO-CAPE - Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (2023 - 2026)
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