THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
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
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (column/profile)
Aerosol effective radius (column/profile)
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud drop effective radius
Cloud optical depth
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery
Cloud type
Cloud top height
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Aerosols properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Cloud Properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
EarthCARE - EarthCARE (2022 - 2025)
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