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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Metop-A -
Full Name Meteorological Operational Polar Satellite - A
aka Metop-2
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies EUMETSAT, CNES, ESA, NOAA Launch Date 19 Oct 2006
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Dec 2013
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 107.1 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.8 deg
Orbit Altitude 840 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 9:30 Repeat Cycle 29 days
Objectives and Applications Meteorology, climatology.
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
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
AMSU-A - Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A
ARGOS - ARGOS
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
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