BackForwardInstrument:  MWTS-1 

Instrument details
Acronym MWTS-1
Full name Micro-Wave Temperature Sounder - 1
Purpose Temperature sounding in nearly-all-weather conditions
Short description 4 frequencies, 4-channels [see detailed characteristics below]
Background New development
Scanning Technique Cross-track: 15 steps of 70 km s.s.p., swath 2200 km - Along-track: one line of 118 km every 16 s
Resolution 70 km at s.s.p.
Coverage / Cycle Near-global coverage twice/day
Mass 38 kg Power 58 W Data Rate 9.6 kbps

 

Providing Agency CMA
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 2008 to ≥2019
Last update: 2019-05-31
Detailed characteristics
Central frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation NEΔT
50.30 180 V 0.5 K
53.596 ± 0.115 340 H 0.4 K
54.94 400 V 0.4 K
57.290 330 H 0.4 K
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
  • Atmospheric temperature
Opportunity objectives
  • Freezing level height in clouds
  • Melting layer depth in clouds
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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
Atmospheric temperature3 - highVery coarse vertical resolution.A few MW channels in the 54 GHz band. Nearly all-weather sounding
Freezing level height in clouds4 - fairNo specific limitation.MW channels in the 54 GHz band. Inference from the temperature profile
Melting layer depth in clouds4 - fairNo specific limitation.MW channels in the 54 GHz band. Inference from the temperature profile