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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MVIRI -
Full Name METEOSAT 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
Measurements and Applications Measures cloud cover, motion, height, upper tropospheric humidity and sea surface temperature.
Resolution Summary Visible: 2.5 km, Water vapour: 5 km (after processing), TIR: 5 km
[Best Resolution: 2500m]
Swath Summary Full Earth disk in all three channels, every 30 minutes
Accuracy Summary Cloud top height: 0.5 km, Cloud top/ sea surface temperature: 0.7 K, Cloud cover 15%
Waveband Summary VIS - NIR: 0.5 - 0.9 µm, TIR: 5.7 - 7.1 µm (water vapour), 10.5 - 12.5 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (HT) 
Atmospheric WindsWind profile (horizontal) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery 
Cloud cover 
Cloud top height 
Cloud top temperature 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
Instrument Missions
Meteosat-3 - Meteosat-3 (1988 - 1995)
Meteosat-4 - Meteosat-4 (1989 - 1995)
Meteosat-5 - Meteosat-5 (1991 - 2007)
Meteosat-6 - Meteosat-6 (1993 - 2011)
Meteosat-7 - Meteosat-7 (1997 - 2017)
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