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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - SEVIRI -
Full Name Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infra-Red Imager Status Operational
Instrument Agencies EUMETSAT, ESA 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 Open Access Data Format native
Measurements and Applications Measurements of cloud cover, cloud top height, precipitation, cloud motion, vegetation, radiation fluxes, convection, air mass analysis, cirrus cloud discrimination, tropopause monitoring, stability monitoring, total ozone and sea surface temperature.
Resolution Summary HRV=1 km, All other channels=3 km (spatial sampling distance at SSP)
[Best Resolution: 1000m]
Swath Summary 9 km swath scanning E-W, moving up S-N a swath width at the end of each swath. Full Disc Coverage (FDC) or Local Area Coverage (LAC) possible.
[Max Swath: 9 km]
Accuracy Summary Cloud cover: 10%, Cloud top height: 1 km, Cloud top temperature: 1 K, Cloud type: 8 classes, Surface temperature: 0.7 - 2.0 K, Specific humidity profile: 10%, Wind profile (horizontal component): 2 - 10 m/s, Long wave Earth surface radiation: 5 W/m2
Waveband Summary VIS0.6=0.5975 - 0.6725 µm, VIS0.8=0.775 - 0.845 µm, NIR1.6=1.57 - 1.71 µm, IR3.9=3.7 - 4.14 µm, WV6.3=5.8 - 6.7 µm, WV7.3=7.1 - 7.6 µm, IR8.7=8.5 - 8.9 µm, IR9.7=9.52 - 9.8 µm, IR10.8=10.3 - 11.3 µm, IR12.0=11.5 - 12.5 µm, IR13.4=12.9 - 13.9 µm, HRV=~0.48 - 0.91 µm ,unfiltered Si (measured at FWHM)
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
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT, HT, TC) 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric stability index 
Atmospheric WindsWind profile (horizontal) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery 
Cloud type 
Cloud cover 
Cloud top height 
Cloud top temperature 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
OzoneOzone profile 
Radiation budgetDownwelling (Incoming) long-wave radiation at the Earth surface 
Short-wave Earth surface bi-directional reflectance 
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
VegetationVegetation type 
Instrument Missions
Meteosat-8 - Meteosat Second Generation-1 (2002 - 2019)
Meteosat-9 - Meteosat Second Generation-2 (2005 - 2021)
Meteosat-10 - Meteosat Second Generation-3 (2012 - 2022)
Meteosat-11 - Meteosat Second Generation-4 (2015 - 2025)
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