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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MSI (EarthCARE) -
Full Name Multi-Spectral Imager (EarthCARE) Status Approved
Instrument Agencies ESA Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format HDF5
Measurements and Applications Observation of cloud properties and aerosol (aerosols to be confirmed).
Resolution Summary 500 x 500 m
[Best Resolution: 500m]
Swath Summary 150 km swatch with, asymmetrically; 35 km to 115 km versus nadir point
[Max Swath: 150 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary VIS - NIR: Band1: VIS, 670 nm, Band2: NIR, 865 nm, Band3: SWIR-1, 1.67 µm, Band4: SWIR-2, 2.21 µm, Thermal Infrared: Band5: 8.8 µm, Band6: 10.8µm, Band7: 12.0 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
TIR (~6.0 µm - ~15.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (column/profile) 
Aerosol effective radius (column/profile) 
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud drop size (at cloud top) 
Cloud optical depth 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery 
Cloud type 
Cloud top height 
Instrument Missions
EarthCARE - EarthCARE (2018 - 2021)
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