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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - BBR (EarthCARE) -
Full Name BroadBand Radiometer (EarthCARE) Status Approved
Instrument Agencies ESA Maturity
Instrument Type Earth radiation budget radiometers Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Broad-band radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format HDF5
Measurements and Applications Top of the atmosphere radiances and radiative flux.
Resolution Summary 10 x 10 km ground pixel size for each of the three views
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary flux retrieval accuracy 10 Wm-2
Waveband Summary Shortwave channel: 0.2 - 4 µm, Total channel 0.2 - 50 µm
UV (~0.01 µm - ~0.40 µm)
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
MWIR (~3.0 µm - ~6.0 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
FIR (~15.0 µm - ~0.1 cm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Radiation budgetUpwelling (Outgoing) short-wave radiation at TOA 
Upwelling (Outgoing) long-wave radiation at TOA 
Instrument Missions
EarthCARE - EarthCARE (2018 - 2021)
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