Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) is one of the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) instruments on board the European Space Agency (ESA) satellite ENVISAT. It is the most recent in a series of instruments designed primarily to measure Sea Surface Temperature (SST), following on from ATSR-1 and ATSR-2 on board ERS-1 and ERS-2. AATSR data have a resolution of 1 km at nadir, and are derived from measurements of reflected and emitted radiation taken at the following wavelengths: 0.55 µm, 0.66 µm, 0.87 µm, 1.6 µm, 3.7 µm, 11 µm and 12 µm.
Special features of the AATSR instrument include its use of a conical scan to give a dual-view of the Earth's surface, on-board calibration targets and use of mechanical coolers to maintain the thermal environment necessary for optimal operation of the infrared detectors.
Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) & Multipledirection/polarisation radiometers
Sea surface temperature: <0.5K over 0.5 deg x 0.5 deg (lat/long)area with 80% cloud cover Land surface temperature: 0.1K (relative)
IR ocean channels: 1km x 1km, Visible land channels: 1km x 1km
VIS - NIR: 0.555, 0.659, 0.865 micrometers, SWIR: 1.6 micrometers,MWIR: 3.7 micrometers, TIR: 10.85, 12 micrometers
Land ( Vegetation ), Ocean and Coast ( Sea Surface Temperature ), Atmosphere ( Clouds/Precipitation )
Latest Mission Operations News
14 September 2016
The Level 2 re-processing of the full MIPAS mission (from 01/07/2002 up to 08/04/2012, including the Full Resolution and the Optimized Resolution mission phases) has been completed with the ESA processor ML2PP version 7.03, and the data have been assessed with respect to their quality.
The re-processed MIP_NL__2P data is made available to the user community for direct download via the ESA centralised dissemination service.
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