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3MI
Multi-Viewing Multi-Channel Multi-Polarisation Imaging
EUMETSAT (ESA)Current: -
Future: METOP-SG A1, METOP-SG A2, METOP-SG A2 Copy
Complete: -
Being developedAtmospheric chemistryMeasure aerosol parameters, air quality index, surface albedo, cloud information
Waveband:VIS-SWIR: 12 channels between 0.41 µm to 2.1 µm
VIS, NIR, SWIR
Spatial resolution:4km
Swath width:2200x2200 km for the VNIR channels 2200 x 1100 km for the SWIR channels
Accuracy:
Data Access:
Data Format:net-CDF4
ABI
Advanced Baseline Imager
NOAACurrent: -
Future: GOES-R, GOES-S, GOES-U, GOES-T
Complete: -
Being developedImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)Detects clouds, cloud properties, water vapour, land and sea surface temperatures, dust, aerosols, volcanic ash, fires, total ozone, snow and ice cover, vegetation index.
Waveband:16 bands in VIS, NIR and IR ranging from 0.47 µm to 13.3 µm
VIS, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, TIR
Spatial resolution:0.5 km in 0.64 µm band; 2.0 km in long wave IR and in the 1.378 µm band; 1.0 km in all others
Best resolution: 500 m
Swath width:
Accuracy:Varies by product
Data Access:
Data Format:
AIS (RCM)
Automated Identification System (RADARSAT Constellation)
CSACurrent: -
Future: RADARSAT C-1, RADARSAT C-2, RADARSAT C-3
Complete: -
Being developedData collectionShip identification (name, location, heading, cargo, etc).
Waveband:VHF (162 MHz)
Spatial resolution:N/A
Swath width:800 km minimum
Accuracy:Better than 90% ship detection, for Class A ships, when ships are in view for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Data Access:Constrained Access
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ALADIN
Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument
ESACurrent: -
Future: ADM-Aeolus
Complete: -
Being developedLidarsGlobal wind profiles (single line-of-sight) for an improved weather prediction.
Waveband:UV: 355 nm
UV
Spatial resolution:One wind profile every 200 km along track, averaged over 50 km
Swath width:Along line 285 km parallel to satellite ground track
Accuracy:Wind speed error below 2 m/s
Data Access:Open Access
Data Format:
ALISS III
Advanced LISS III
ISROCurrent: -
Future: RESOURCESAT-3, RESOURCESAT-3A
Complete: -
Being developedImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)For crops and vegetation dynamics, natural resources census, disaster management and large scale mapping of themes.
Waveband:4 bands in VNIR and 1 band in SWIR
VIS, NIR, SWIR
Spatial resolution:20 m, 10 m
Best resolution: 10 m
Swath width:925 km
Accuracy:200m
Data Access:Constrained Access
Data Format:
AMR-C
AMR-C Climate-quality microwave radiometer
NASA (NOAA) (CNES) (ESA) (EUMETSAT)Current: -
Future: Sentinel-6 A - Jason-CS A, Sentinel-6 B - Jason-CS B
Complete: -
Being developedImaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave)Capabilities of the AMR with the addition of high stability wet-tropospheric path delay correction.
Waveband:Microwave: 18.7, 23.8 and 34 GHz. The feasibility of an additional high-frequency component for high resolution support to the SAR mode of SRAL is being assessed
MW
Spatial resolution:25 km (high-resolution to support the SAR-mode of SRAL being assessed)
Best resolution: 25 m
Swath width:Nadir-only viewing, associated to the JASON-CS radar altimeter
Accuracy:
Data Access:
Data Format:
APAN
Advanced PAN
ISROCurrent: -
Future: RESOURCESAT-3S, RESOURCESAT-3SA
Complete: -
Being developedHigh resolution optical imagersHigh-resolution images for the study of topography, urban areas, development of DTM, run-off models etc., urban sprawl, forest cover/timber volume, land use change.
Waveband:Panchromatic VIS: 0.45 - 0.90 µm
VIS
Spatial resolution:1.25
Swath width:60 km
Accuracy:50m
Data Access:Constrained Access
Data Format:
ATLAS
Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System
NASACurrent: -
Future: ICESat-II
Complete: -
Being developedLidarsProvide date on ice sheet height and sea ice thickness, land altitude, aerosol height distributions, cloud height and boundary layer height.
Waveband:VIS-NIR: Laser emits at 1064 nm (for altimetry) and 532 nm (for atmospheric measurements)
VIS
Spatial resolution:66 m spots separated by 170 m
Best resolution: 66 m
Swath width:
Accuracy:Aerosol profile: 20%, Ice elevation: 20 cm, Cloud top height: 75 m, Land elevation: 20 cm, geoid: 5 m
Data Access:Open Access
Data Format:
CPR (EarthCARE)
Cloud Profiling Radar (EarthCARE)
JAXA (NICT)Current: -
Future: EarthCARE
Complete: -
Being developedCloud profile and rain radarsMeasurement of cloud properties, light precipitation, vertical motion.
Waveband:Microwave: 94 GHz
MW, W-Band
Spatial resolution:Range resolution: 500m (100m sample) Horizontal resolution: 800m (500m sample)
Swath width:
Accuracy:
Data Access:No Access
Data Format:HDF5
DDMI (CYGNSS)
Delay Doppler Mapping Instrument (DDMI)
NASA (NOAA)Current: -
Future: CYGNSS
Complete: -
Being developedOtherConstellation of bistatic radar receivers using GPS satellite transmitters to detect ocean surface roughness and estimate near-surface wind speed from calm sea through hurricane force conditions and under all levels of precipitation.
Waveband:Microwave: 1.575 GHz
L-Band
Spatial resolution:20-50 km (variable in ground processing)
Best resolution: 20000 m
Swath width:Field of view of potential GPS specular point contacts extends 740 km cross-track in both port and starboard directions.
Accuracy:wind speed RMS retrieval uncertainty: 2 m/s for winds less than 20 m/s and 10% for winds greater than 20 m/s
Data Access:Open Access
Data Format:TBD
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