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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - TOVS (HIRS/2 + MSU + SSU) -
Full Name TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NOAA Maturity
Instrument Type Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Sampling Sounding
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder suite of instruments.
Resolution Summary
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT, HT) 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LT, HT, LS, HS&M) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud top height 
Cloud top temperature 
Radiation budgetLong-wave cloud emissivity 
Trace gases (excluding ozone)Atmospheric Chemistry - CO2 (column/profile) 
Instrument Missions
NOAA-9 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 9 (1984 - 1997)
NOAA-10 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 10 (1986 - 1997)
NOAA-11 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 11 (1988 - 2004)
NOAA-14 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 14 (1994 - 2005)
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