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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MVISR (10 channels) -
Full Name Multispectral Visible and Infra-red Scan Radiometer (10 channels) Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NRSCC, CAST, NSMC-CMA 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 Open 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 1.1 km
[Best Resolution: 1100m]
Swath Summary 3200 km
[Max Swath: 3200 km]
Accuracy Summary 1.1 km
Waveband Summary 10 channels: VIS: 0.43 - 0.48 µm, 0.48 - 0.53 µm, 0.53 - 0.58 µm, 0.58 - 0.68 µm, NIR: 0.84 - 0.89 µm, NIR - SWIR: 0.90 - 0.965µm, 1.58 - 1.68 µm, 3.55 - 3.93 µm, TIR: 10.3 - 11.3 µm, 11.5 - 12.5 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
AerosolsAerosol optical depth (column/profile) 
Aerosol effective radius (column/profile) 
Volcanic ash 
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery 
Cloud cover 
Cloud top temperature 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Fire area 
Land surface imagery 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
Radiation budgetUpwelling (Outgoing) long-wave radiation at TOA 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature 
Fire temperature 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
VegetationNormalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) 
Instrument Missions
FY-1C - FY-1C Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (1999 - 2001)
FY-1D - FY-1D Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2002 - 2012)
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