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
13 February 2015
The systematic bulk processing of the MERIS Level 2 Full Resolution Full Swath dataset has been completed, and the FRS Level 2 products (MER_FRS_2P) have been made available to users on the ESA centralised dissemination server together with the previously released MERIS FRS Level 1 data (MER_FRS_1P).
The MERIS FRS online dataset now comprises the complete FRS Level 1 and Level 2 data archive for the entire Envisat mission spanning from 17 May 2002 to 08 April 2012.
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