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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Metop-B -
Full Name Meteorological Operational Polar Satellite - B
aka Metop-1
Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies EUMETSAT, CNES, ESA, NOAA Launch Date 17 Sep 2012
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Aug 2024
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 38771 (TLE)
International Designator 2012-049A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101.4 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.7 deg
Orbit Altitude 824 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 9:30 Repeat Cycle 29 days
Objectives and Applications Meteorology, climatology. Due to a hardware problem on the Metop-B satellite, the A-DCS3 instrument is only supporting an ARGOS-2 service.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols AVHRR/3, GOME-2
Atmospheric Humidity Fields AMSU-A, GOME-2, GRAS, HIRS/4, IASI, MHS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, GOME-2, HIRS/4, IASI, MHS
Cloud particle properties and profile AMSU-A, MHS
Liquid water and precipitation rate AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, MHS
Ozone GOME-2, HIRS/4, IASI
Radiation budget AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, GOME-2, HIRS/4, IASI
Trace gases (excluding ozone) HIRS/4, IASI
Atmospheric Temperature Fields AMSU-A, GRAS, HIRS/4, IASI
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements SEM (POES)
LandAlbedo and reflectance AVHRR/3
Soil moisture AMSU-A, ASCAT
Vegetation AVHRR/3
Surface temperature (land) AMSU-A, AVHRR/3, HIRS/4, IASI
Multi-purpose imagery (land) AVHRR/3
OceanOcean surface winds AMSU-A, ASCAT
Surface temperature (ocean) AVHRR/3, HIRS/4, IASI
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) AVHRR/3
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth AMSU-A, AVHRR/3
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness AMSU-A, ASCAT, AVHRR/3
Mission Instruments
A-DCS3 - A-DCS3
AMSU-A - Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A
ASCAT - Advanced Scatterometer
AVHRR/3 - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer/3
GOME-2 - Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment - 2
GRAS - GNSS Receiver for Atmospheric Sounding
HIRS/4 - High Resolution Infra-red Sounder/4
IASI - Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer
MHS - Microwave Humidity Sounder
S&R (NOAA) - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking
SEM (POES) - Space Environment Monitor
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 161 )
AVHRR Level-1B Local Area Coverage Imagery
CARVE Modeled Gross Ecosystem CO2 Exchange and Respiration, Alaska, 2012-2014
Constellation/MWS Constellation Level 1C Inter-calibrated Brightness Temperature product
ECCO Atmosphere Surface Temperature, Humidity, Wind, and Pressure - Daily Mean 0.5 Degree (Version 4 ...
ECCO Atmosphere Surface Temperature, Humidity, Wind, and Pressure - Daily Mean llc90 Grid (Version 4 ...
ECCO Atmosphere Surface Temperature, Humidity, Wind, and Pressure - Monthly Mean 0.5 Degree (Version ...
ECCO Atmosphere Surface Temperature, Humidity, Wind, and Pressure - Monthly Mean llc90 Grid (Version ...
ECCO Gent-McWilliams Bolus Transport Streamfunction - Daily Mean llc90 Grid (Version 4 Release 4)
ECCO Gent-McWilliams Bolus Transport Streamfunction - Monthly Mean llc90 Grid (Version 4 Release 4)
ECCO Gent-McWilliams Ocean Bolus Velocity - Daily Mean 0.5 Degree (Version 4 Release 4)

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