THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - Sounder -
Full Name Sounder Status Operational
Instrument Agencies NOAA Maturity High Heritage - Non-Operational
Instrument Type Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Earth disk scanning
Instrument Technology Narrow-band channel IR radiometer Sampling Sounding
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Atmospheric soundings and data on atmospheric stability and thermal gradient winds.
Resolution Summary 10 km
Swath Summary Horizon to horizon
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary VIS - TIR: 19 channels
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
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (TC) 
Aerosol effective radius (column/profile) 
Aerosol absorption optical depth (TC) 
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT, HT, TC) 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LT, HT, LS, TC) 
Atmospheric stability index 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud cover 
Cloud top height 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
OzoneOzone profile 
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
Instrument Missions
GOES-8 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 8 (1994 - 2003)
GOES-9 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 9 (1995 - 2005)
GOES-10 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 10 (1997 - 2006)
GOES-11 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 11 (2000 - 2011)
GOES-12 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 12 (2001 - 2013)
GOES-13 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 13 (2006 - 2021)
GOES-14 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 14 (2009 - 2024)
GOES-15 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 15 (2010 - 2025)
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