THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - APS -
Full Name Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NASA Maturity Medium Heritage
Instrument Type Multiple direction/polarisation radiometers Geometry
Instrument Technology Multi-channel/direction/polarisation radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Global distribution of natural and anthropogenic aerosols for quantification of the aerosol effect on climate, the anthropogenic component of this effect, and the long-term change of this effect caused by natural and anthropogenic factors.
Resolution Summary 10 km
Swath Summary 10 km
Accuracy Summary AOT Ocean .02, land .04
Waveband Summary 9 bands: VIS and SWIR: 0.412 µm, 0.488 µm, 0.555 µm, 0.672 µm, 0.910 µm, 0.865 µm, 1.378 µm, 1.610 µm, 2.250 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (column/profile) 
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud liquid water (column/profile) 
Instrument Missions
Glory - Glory (2010 - 2010)
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