THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
Full Name Special Sensor Microwave Water Vapor 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 Data Format
Measurements and Applications Water vapour profiler.
Resolution Summary Approx 48 km
Swath Summary 1500 km
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Microwave: 91.6, 150, 183.31 (3 channels) (Total 5 channels)
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
Instrument Measurements
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT, HT, TC) 
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud liquid water (TC) 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
Instrument Missions
DMSP F-11 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-11 (1991 - 1991)
DMSP F-12 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-12 (1994 - 2004)
DMSP F-14 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-14 (1997 - 2026)
DMSP F-15 - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F-15 (1999 - 2026)
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