THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MSS (Sich) -
Full Name Multispectral Scanner Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NSAU Maturity
Instrument Type High resolution optical imagers Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology High resolution optical imager Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Multispectral scanner images of land surface.
Resolution Summary 8.2 m
[Best Resolution: 8.2m]
Swath Summary 46.6 km pointable ±35° from nadir
[Max Swath: 46 km]
Accuracy Summary 8 bits
Waveband Summary VIS - NIR: 0.51 - 0.90 µm; VIS: 0.51 - 0.59 µm, 0.61 - 0.68 µm; NIR: 0.80 - 0.89 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature 
VegetationVegetation type 
Land cover 
Instrument Missions
Sich-2 - (2011 - 2012)
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