Full Name Micro-Wave Temperature Sounder Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies NRSCC, CAST, NSMC-CMA, CNSA Maturity
Instrument Type Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Absorption-band MW radiometer/spectrometer Sampling Sounding
Data Access Open Access Data Format L-1 data: HDF 5.0
Measurements and Applications Temperature sounding in nearly all weather conditions.
Resolution Summary 62 km
Swath Summary 750 - 1125 km
Accuracy Summary 50 - 75 km
Waveband Summary 50.3 GHz, 53.6 GHz, 54.94 GHz, 57.29 GHz
MW (~0.1 cm - ~100 cm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (LT, HT)
Surface temperature (land)Land surface temperature
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Land Surface Temperature click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Temperature (upper-air) click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
FY-3A - FY-3A Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2008 - 2018)
FY-3B - FY-3B Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (2010 - 2020)