THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - ATSR -
Full Name Along Track Scanning Radiometer Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies UKSA, CSIRO Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Conical scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-channel/direction/polarisation radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Measurements of sea surface temperature, land surface temperature, cloud top temperature and cloud cover, aerosols, vegetation, atmospheric water vapour and liquid water content.
Resolution Summary
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (column/profile) 
Aerosol optical depth (column/profile) 
Aerosol absorption optical depth (column/profile) 
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT) 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LT) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud type 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
OzoneOzone profile 
Radiation budgetShort-wave Earth surface bi-directional reflectance 
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
VegetationVegetation type 
Instrument Missions
ERS-1 - European Remote Sensing satellite - 1 (1991 - 2000)
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