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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - VISSR (GMS-5) -
Full Name Visible and Infra-red Spin Scan Radiometer (GMS-5) Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies JAXA, JMA Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Earth disk scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Data used for cloud type and motion detection wind. Also measures sea surface temperature and atmospheric water vapour.
Resolution Summary Visible: 1.25 km, TIR: 5 km
Swath Summary Full Earth disk in all channels, every 1 hour
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary VIS: 0.55 - 0.9 µm, TIR: 6.5 - 7 µm, 10.5 - 11.5 µm, 11.5 - 12.5 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsAtmospheric specific humidity (LT) 
Atmospheric WindsWind profile (horizontal) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud type 
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation rate (liquid) at the surface 
Surface temperature (ocean)Sea surface temperature 
Instrument Missions
GMS-5 - Geostationary Meteorogical Satellite - 5 (1995 - 2005)
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