THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - SSM/T-1 -
Full Name Special Sensor Microwave Temperature Sounder Status Operational
Instrument Agencies NOAA, DoD (USA) Maturity High Heritage - Operational
Instrument Type Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Conical scanning
Instrument Technology Absorption-band MW radiometer/spectrometer Sampling Sounding
Data Access Open Access Data Format Binary, NetCDF
Measurements and Applications Measures Earth's surface and atmospheric emission in the 50 - 60 GHz oxygen band.
Resolution Summary 174 km diameter beam
Swath Summary 1500 km
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Microwave: 7 channels in the 50 - 60 GHz range
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LT, HT, LS, HS&M, TC)
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud liquid water (TC)
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Cloud Properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Temperature (upper-air) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
DMSP F-8 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-8 (1987 - 2006)
DMSP F-9 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-9 (1988 - 1991)
DMSP F-10 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-10 (1990 - 1993)
DMSP F-11 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-11 (1991 - 2000)
DMSP F-12 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-12 (1994 - 2004)
DMSP F-13 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-13 (1995 - 2015)
DMSP F-14 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-14 (1997 - 2020)
DMSP F-15 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-15 (1999 - 2020)
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