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The EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation (EPS-SG) micro-wave and sub-millimetre wave imaging missions
Author(s): Christophe Accadia; Peter Schlüssel; Pepe L. Phillips; J. Julian W. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

The EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) will be followed by a second generation system, EPS-SG, in the 2020-2040 timeframe and contribute to the Joint Polar System being jointly set up with NOAA. Among the various missions which are part of EPS-SG, there are the Microwave Imager (MWI) and the Ice Cloud Imager (ICI). The MWI frequencies are from 18 GHz up to 183 GHz. All MWI channels up to 89 GHz measure both V and H polarisations. The primary objective of the MWI mission is to support Numerical Weather Prediction at regional and global scales. The MWI will not only provide continuity of measurements for some heritage microwave imager channels (e.g. SSM/I, AMSR-E) but will also include additional channels such as the 50-55 / 118 GHz bands. The combined use of these channels will provide more information on cloud and precipitation over sea and land. The ICI will provide measurements over the sub-millimetre spectral range contributing to an innovative characterisation of clouds over the whole globe. The ICI has channels at 183 GHz, 325 GHz and 448 GHz with single V polarisation and two channels at 243 GHz and 664 GHz with both V and H polarisation. The ICI’s primary objectives are to support climate monitoring and validation of ice cloud models and the parameterisation of ice clouds in weather and climate models through the provision of ice cloud products.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8889, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XVII, 88890H (16 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2028676
Show Author Affiliations
Christophe Accadia, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Germany)
Peter Schlüssel, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Germany)
Pepe L. Phillips, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Germany)
J. Julian W. Wilson, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8889:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XVII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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