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  • Land
  • Vegetation

  • Atmosphere
  • Clouds/Precipitation

    Instrument type
    Date of Launch:
    1 March 2002
    Mission Status:
    Out of service since May 2012 
    Orbit Height:
    800 km 
    Orbit type:
    Swath Width:
    5 - 1150 km
    MERIS Reduced Resolution Geophysical Product
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    Last update: 22 June 2016

    This water leaving radiance (reflectance) and geophysical product is generated systematically from MERIS L1B. It has a coverage of 1150 km x 17500 km and a radiometric resolution of 1.42 X 10-4 at sea level at 442.5nm. The accuracy is as follows:

    • Surface reflectance (ocean) <2 x 10 -4
    • Surface reflectance (Land) < 5%
    • Chlorophyll retrieval < 15 %
    • Yellow substance < 30 %
    • Suspended matter < 15 %
    • Water vapour < 20%
    • Cloud albedo < 2 %
    • Cloud optical thickness ~ 10%
    • Cloud top pressure ~ 40 hPa
    • MERIS Vegetation Index:-N/A

    The file size is 621 Mbytes per orbit and 47 Mbytes per scene.

    Auxiliary data include: Surface identification flags included in the level 1b product Orbit state vector, Time correlation parameters, Latitude, Longitude, altitude and topographic corrections Sun azimuth, Sun elevation, view azimuth, view elevation, Mean Sea Level pressure, Total column ozone, Total column water vapour, Wind speed

    Data Set Specifications
    Spatial coverage: 90 N, 90 S, 180 W, 180 E
    Temporal coverage: 2002-06-15 - 2012-04-08
    Processing level
    Level 2
    How to access this data

    The MERIS RR 3rd Reprocessing data is available online via HTTP (MERCI service) upon registration.

    Please refer to news from 01/07/2011 for more details.

    Terms & Conditions applicable
    Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions
    Sample data
    MERIS sample data
    Level-2 Reduced Resolution
    Auxiliary data
    MERIS auxiliary data
    Accessible via SPPA


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