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Instrument details
Acronym MWR
Full name Microwave Radiometer
Purpose Sea-surface temperature and total-column water vapour
Short description 3-channel MW radiometer, frequencies 3.53, 22.2 and 37.5 GHz
Background Consolidated technology
Scanning Technique Nadir only
Resolution 20 km
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in 1 month for 30 km average spacing, or in 10 days for 100 km average spacing
Mass Power Data Rate

 

Providing Agency Roscosmos
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 1986 to 2001-12-14
Last update: 2012-09-11
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive microwave radiometer
  • Cross-track, special or non-scanning microwave radiometer
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Integrated Water Vapour (IWV)
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Integrated Water Vapour (IWV)4 - fairOver sea only.. Along-track only.MW channel(s) in the water vapour band around 23 GHz