Full Name MicroWave Radiometer Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies CONAE Maturity
Instrument Type Multiple direction/polarisation radiometers Geometry Push-broom scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging MW radiometer Sampling Other
Data Access Constrained Access Data Format HDF-5
Measurements and Applications Precipitation rate, wind speed, sea ice concentration, water vapour, clouds liquid water.
Resolution Summary <54 km
Swath Summary 380 km
Accuracy Summary .1 K
Waveband Summary (Ka & K Band) 23.8 GHz V Pol and 36.5 GHz H and V Pol Eight beams per frequency
MW (~0.1 cm - ~100 cm)
Ka-Band (26.5 to 40 GHz)
K-Band (18 to 26.5 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
Atmospheric Humidity FieldsWater vapour imagery
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation intensity at the surface (liquid or solid)
Ocean surface windsWind speed over sea surface (horizontal)
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Precipitation click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Ice click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Water Vapour (upper air) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
SAC-D/Aquarius - SAC-D/Aquarius (2011 - 2015)