THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MWS -
Full Name Microwave Sounder Status Being developed
Instrument Agencies EUMETSAT, ESA Maturity
Instrument Type Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Absorption-band MW radiometer/spectrometer Sampling Sounding
Data Access Open Access Data Format NetCDF-4
Measurements and Applications All-weather night-day temperature sounding
Resolution Summary Footprint size 17 - 40 km
Swath Summary 1700km
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary 25 channels from 23.8 to 229 GHz
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT, HT, TC)
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LT, HT, LS)
Cloud particle properties and profilePrecipitation Profile (liquid or solid)
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation intensity at the surface (liquid or solid)
Ocean surface windsWind speed over sea surface (horizontal)
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Precipitation click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Ice click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Temperature (upper-air) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Water Vapour (upper air) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
METOP-SG A1 - EUMETSAT Polar System, Second Generation (2023 - 2031)
METOP-SG A2 - EUMETSAT Polar System, Second Generation (2030 - 2038)
METOP-SG A3 - EUMETSAT Polar System, Second Generation (2037 - 2045)
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