THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MSU -
Full Name Microwave Sounding Unit Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NOAA Maturity
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 Temperature sounding through cloud up to 20 km in altitude.
Resolution Summary
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LT, HT, LS) 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
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-12 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 12 (1991 - 2005)
NOAA-13 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 13 (1993 - 1993)
NOAA-14 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 14 (1994 - 2005)
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