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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Metop-A -
Full Name Meteorological Operational Polar Satellite - A
aka Metop-2
Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies EUMETSAT, CNES, ESA, NOAA Launch Date 19 Oct 2006
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date 15 Nov 2021
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 29499 (TLE)
International Designator 2006-044A
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101.4 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.5 deg
Orbit Altitude 824 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 8:40 (Snapshot) Repeat Cycle 29 days
Objectives and Applications Meteorology, climatology. Metop-A is in a drifting LST orbit since August 2017 and LTAN is drifting from the original 09:30 to expected 07:30 by end-of-life.
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 205 )
ASCAT C-band backscatter-derived sea ice freeboard in the Weddell Sea
AVHRR Level-1B Local Area Coverage Imagery
Backscatter-derived Antarctic sea ice roughness proxy from ASCAT
Black Sea High Resolution SST L4 Analysis 0.0625 deg Resolution
Black Sea High Resolution SST L4 Analysis 0.0625 deg Resolution
Black Sea High Resolution SST L4 Analysis 0.0625 deg Resolution (GDS version 2)
Black Sea High Resolution SST L4 Analysis 0.0625 deg Resolution for 2019-09-18 (NCEI Accession 02135 ...
Black Sea Ultra High Resolution SST L4 Analysis 0.01 deg Resolution
Black Sea Ultra High Resolution SST L4 Analysis 0.01 deg Resolution
Black Sea Ultra High Resolution SST L4 Analysis 0.01 deg Resolution (GDS version 2)

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