BackForwardInstrument:  R600 

Instrument details
Acronym R600
Full name Passive Microwave Radiometer
Purpose All-weather sea surface temperature
Short description Single frequency, 5 GHz, two polarisations
Background Associated to R225 (13.3 GHz)
Scanning Technique Non-scanning, antenna fore- pointing 42° off-nadir
Resolution 165 km
Coverage / Cycle Global in 10 days
Mass Power Data Rate

 

Providing Agency Roscosmos
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 1999 to 2000-09-15
Last update: 2017-03-29
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive microwave radiometer
  • Cross-track, special or non-scanning microwave radiometer
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Sea surface temperature
Secondary mission objectives
  • Soil moisture at surface
Opportunity objectives
  • Soil moisture (in the roots region)
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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
Sea surface temperature4 - fairAlong-track only.MW channels around 5 GHz (highest sensitivity to sea-surface temperature)
Soil moisture (in the roots region)4 - fairCoarse spatial resolution.. Affected by vegetation.. Along-track only.MW channels around 5 GHz. Assimilation process required
Soil moisture at surface3 - highCoarse spatial resolution.. Affected by vegetation.. Along-track only.MW channels around 5 GHz