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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - AMSU-B -
Full Name Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NOAA, UKSA Maturity High Heritage - Operational
Instrument Type Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Absorption-band MW radiometer/spectrometer Sampling Sounding
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications All-weather night-day humidity sounding.
Resolution Summary 16 km
Swath Summary 2200 km
Accuracy Summary Humidity profile: 1 kg/m2,
Waveband Summary Microwave: 89 GHz, 150 GHz, 183.3± 1.0 GHz (2 bands), 183.3± 3.0 GHz (2 bands), 183.3± 7.0 GHz (2 bands)
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT, HT, TC)
Atmospheric WindsWind profile (horizontal)
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud liquid water (TC)
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud type
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation intensity at the surface (liquid or solid)
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover
Snow water equivalent
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Cloud Properties click here click here NOAA Climate Data Records (CDR) of AMSU-...
Precipitation click here click here Record ID: 11856
Record ID: 11839
NOAA Climate Data Records (CDR) of AMSU-...
Sea Ice click here click here NOAA Climate Data Records (CDR) of AMSU-...
Snow click here click here NOAA Climate Data Records (CDR) of AMSU-...
NOAA Climate Data Records (CDR) of AMSU-...
Water Vapour (upper air) click here click here NOAA Climate Data Records (CDR) of AMSU-...
WVT_ATOVS 1
WVT_ATOVS 1
Record ID: 10434
Upper Tropospheric Humidity (UTH)
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Wind speed and direction (upper-air) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
NOAA-15 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 15 (1998 - 2018)
NOAA-16 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 16 (2000 - 2014)
NOAA-17 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 17 (2002 - 2013)
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