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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - VIRR -
Full Name Multispectral Visible and Infra-red Scan Radiometer (10 channels) Status Operational
Instrument Agencies NRSCC, CAST, NSMC-CMA, 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 Open Access Data Format L-1 data: HDF 5.0
Measurements and Applications Multispectral Visible and Infra-red Scan Radiometer.
Resolution Summary 1.1 km at nadir
[Best Resolution: 1100m]
Swath Summary 2800 km
Accuracy Summary 1.1 km
Waveband Summary Instrument features 10 channels over 0.43 - 10.5 µm
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
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery
Cloud type
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Albedo click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Land Surface Temperature click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Surface Temperature click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
FY-3A - FY-3A Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2008 - 2018)
FY-3B - FY-3B Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2010 - 2020)
FY-3C - FY-3C Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2013 - 2020)
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