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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - SSU -
Full Name Stratospheric Sounding Unit Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NOAA Maturity
Instrument Type Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Narrow-band channel IR radiometer Sampling Sounding
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Temperature profiles in stratosphere, top-of-atmosphere radiation from 25 - 50 km altitude. Stratospheric temperature sounding. Pressure-modulated spectrometer, operating around the wavelengths 14.92, 14.93 and 14.94 µm. Follow-on of SCR flown on Nimbus-4/5 and PMR flown on Nimbus-6. Part of the TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) package.
Resolution Summary 150km at s.s.p.
[Best Resolution: 150000m]
Swath Summary 1470km
[Max Swath: 1470 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Operates around the wavelengths 14.92, 14.93, and 14.94µm.
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LS)
Temperature of tropopause
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Temperature (upper-air) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
TIROS N - (1978 - 1981)
NOAA-6 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 6 (1979 - 1987)
NOAA-7 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 7 (1981 - 1986)
NOAA-8 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 8 (1983 - 1985)
NOAA-9 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 9 (1984 - 1998)
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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