THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MWR -
Full Name Microwave Radiometer Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies ESA Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave) and Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Non-scanning MW radiometer Sampling Sounding
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 20 km
Swath Summary 20 km
Accuracy Summary Temperature: 2.6 K
Waveband Summary Microwave: 23.8 GHz and 36.5 GHz
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
Ka-Band (26.5 to 40 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT) 
Instrument Missions
ERS-1 - European Remote Sensing satellite - 1 (1991 - 2000)
ERS-2 - European Remote Sensing satellite - 2 (1995 - 2011)
Envisat - Environmental Satellite (2002 - 2012)
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