THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MVIRS -
Full Name Moderate Resolution Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectroradiometer Status Approved
Instrument Agencies NRSCC, CAST, CNSA Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Measures surface temperature and cloud and ice cover. Used for snow and flood monitoring and surface temperature.
Resolution Summary
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary VIS - TIR: 0.47 - 12.5 µm (20 channels)
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 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
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT) 
Atmospheric WindsWind profile (horizontal) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud type 
Cloud cover 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
Soil moistureSoil moisture at the surface 
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
VegetationNormalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) 
Instrument Missions
FY-3F - FY-3F Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2019 - 2022)
FY-3G - FY-3G Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2021 - 2024)
FY-3H - FY-3H Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2021 - 2028)
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