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3MI
Multi-Viewing Multi-Channel Multi-Polarisation Imaging
EUMETSAT (ESA)Current: -
Future: METOP-SG A1, METOP-SG A2, METOP-SG A3
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
Advanced GOCI
Advanced Geostationary Ocean Colour Imager
KARI (KIOST)Current: -
Future: GEO-KOMPSAT-2B
Complete: -
Being developedOcean colour instrumentsOcean colour information, coastal zone monitoring, land resources monitoring.
Waveband:VIS - NIR: 0.40 - 0.88 µm (12 channels)
VIS, NIR
Spatial resolution:236 x 360 m
Best resolution: 236 m
Swath width:FOR (Field Of Regard) is 2500km x 2500km, divided into 12 slots.
Accuracy:
Data Access:Open Access
Data Format:HDF, LRIT, HRIT
AEISS-HR
Advanced Electronic Image Scanning System-High Resolution
KARI (KAI)Current: -
Future: KOMPSAT-7
Complete: -
Being developedHigh resolution optical imagersHigh resolution imager for land applications of cartography and disaster monitoring
Waveband:Panchromatic VIS: 0.50 - 0.90 µm, VIS: 0.45 - 0.52 µm, 0.52 - 0.60 µm, 0.63 - 0.69 µm, NIR: 0.76 - 0.90 µm
VIS, NIR
Spatial resolution:Pan:0.5 m, VNIR: 2m
Best resolution: 0.5 m
Swath width:
Accuracy:
Data Access:Very Constrained Access
Data Format:GEOTIF
AIS (RCM)
Automated Identification System (RADARSAT Constellation)
CSA (DND)Current: -
Future: RCM-1, RCM-2, RCM-3
Complete: -
Being developedData collectionShip identification (name, location, heading, cargo, etc).
Waveband:VHF (162 MHz)
Spatial resolution:N/A
Swath width:5300 km
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
Data Format:NMEA
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) (ESA) (EUMETSAT)Current: -
Future: Sentinel-6 A, Sentinel-6 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. With additional experimental high-frequency channels for high resolution complementing the SAR mode of Poseidon-4 radar.
MW
Spatial resolution:41.6 km at 18.7 GHz, 36.1 km at 23.8 GHz, 22.9 km at 34 GHz baseline channels with 5km for higher frequency experimental channels
Best resolution: 25 m
Swath width:Nadir-only viewing, associated to the JASON-CS radar altimeter
Accuracy:Total water vapour: 0.2 g/sq cm, Brightness temperature: 0.15 K
Data Access:
Data Format:NetCDF-4
AMR-S
AMR-S Two-Beam Microwave Radiometer
NASA (UKSA) (CNES) (CSA)Current: -
Future: SWOT
Complete: -
Being developedImaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave)Capabilities of the AMR with the addition of a 2nd beam to provide wet-tropospheric path delay correction within both swaths of the primary radar instrument (KaRIn)
Waveband:Microwave: 18.7, 23.8 and 34 GHz.
MW
Spatial resolution:41.6 km at 18.7 GHz, 36.1 km at 23.8 GHz, 22.9 km at 34 GHz baseline channels
Best resolution: 22 m
Swath width:two nadir-looking beams complementing the 120Km KaRIn radar altimeter swath
Accuracy:Total water vapour: 0.2 g/sq cm, Brightness temperature: 0.15 K for each of the two beams
Data Access:
Data Format:HDF-EOS2
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:
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
FCI
Flexible Combined Imager
EUMETSAT (ESA)Current: -
Future: MTG-I1 (imaging), MTG-I2 (imaging), MTG-I3 (imaging), MTG-I4 (imaging)
Complete: -
Being developedImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)Measurements of cloud cover, cloud top height, precipitation, cloud motion, vegetation, radiation fluxes, convection, air mass analysis, cirrus cloud discrimination, tropopause monitoring, stability monitoring, total ozone and sea surface temperature.
Waveband:VIS0.4=0.414 - 0.474 µm, VIS0.5=0.49 - 0.53 µm, VIS0.6=0.615 - 0.665 µm, VIS0.8=0.84 - 0.89 µm, VIS0.9=0.904 - 0.924 µm, NIR1.3=1.365 - 1.395 µm, NIR1.6=1.585 - 1.635 µm, NIR2.2=2.225 - 2.275 µm, IR3.8=3.6 - 4 µm, WV6.3=5.8 - 6.8 µm, WV7.3=7.1 - 7.6 µm, I
VIS, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, TIR
Spatial resolution:VIS0.4=1.0 km, VIS0.5=1.0 km, VIS0.6=1.0 km & 0.5 km, VIS0.8=1.0 km, VIS0.9=1.0 km, NIR1.3=1.0 km, NIR1.6=1.0 km, NIR2.2=1.0 km & 0.5 km, IR3.8=2.0 km & 1.0 km, WV6.3=2.0 km, WV7.3=2.0 km, IR8.7=2.0 km, IR9.7=2.0 km, IR10.5=2.0 km & 1.0 km, IR12.3=2.0 km,
Best resolution: 500 m
Swath width:210 km swath moved alternately W-E and E-W, moving up S-N a swath width at the end of each swath. Full Disc Coverage (FDC) or Local Area Coverage (LAC) possible.
Accuracy:Cloud cover: 10%, Cloud top height: 1 km, Cloud top temperature: 1 K, Cloud type: 8 classes, Surface temperature: 0.7-2.0K, Specific humidity profile: 10%, Wind profile (horizontal component): 2 - 10 m/s, Long wave Earth surface radiation: 5 W/m2
Data Access:Open Access
Data Format:NetCDF
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