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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - AHI -
Full Name Advanced Himawari Imager Status Operational
Instrument Agencies JMA Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Earth disk scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Constrained Access Data Format Himawari Standard Data, HRIT Data, LRIT data, NetCDF Data, Color Image Data. See: http://www.data.jma.go.jp/mscweb/en/himawari89/space_segment/spsg_sample.html
Measurements and Applications Measures cloud cover, cloud motion, cloud height, cloud properties, water vapour, rainfalll, sea surface temperatures and Earth radiation, dust, aerosols, volcanic ash, fires, snow and ice cover.
Resolution Summary 0.5 km in 0.64 µm band; 1.0km in 0.46 µm, 0.51 µm and 0.86 µm band, 2.0 km in all others
[Best Resolution: 500m]
Swath Summary Full Earth disk : Fixed, Japan Area (Region 1, Region 2) : Fixed, Target Area (Region 3) : Flexible
[Max Swath: 500 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary 16 bands from 0.46 µm to 13.3 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)
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)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsVolcanic ash 
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsWater vapour imagery 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric stability index 
Atmospheric WindsWind profile (horizontal) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery 
Cloud type 
Cloud top height 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation index (daily cumulative) 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
Instrument Missions
Himawari-8 - Himawari-8 (2014 - 2029)
Himawari-9 - Himawari-9 (2016 - 2031)
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