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Premier’s imaging IR limb sounder
Author(s): Stefan Kraft; Jean-Loup Bézy; Roland Meynart; Jörg Langen; Bernardo Carnicero Dominguez; Paolo Bensi; Pierluigi Silvestrin

Paper Abstract

The Imaging IR Limb Sounder (IRLS) is one of the two instruments planned on board of the candidate Earth Explorer Core Mission PREMIER. PREMIER stands for PRocess Exploration through Measurements of Infrared and Millimetre-wave Emitted Radiation. PREMIER went recently through the process of a feasibility study (Phase A) within the Earth Observation Envelope Program. Emerging from recent advanced instrument technologies IRLS shall, next to a millimetre-wave limb sounder (called STEAMR), explore the benefits of three-dimensional limb sounding with embedded cloud imaging capability. Such 3D imaging technology is expected to open a new era of limb sounding that will allow detailed studies of the link between atmospheric composition and climate, since it will map simultaneously fields of temperature and many trace gases in the mid/upper troposphere and stratosphere across a large vertical and horizontal field of view and with high vertical and horizontal resolution. PREMIER shall fly in a tandem formation looking backwards to METOP’s swath and thereby improve meteorological and environmental analyses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105641T (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309084
Show Author Affiliations
Stefan Kraft, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Germany)
Jean-Loup Bézy, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Roland Meynart, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Jörg Langen, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Bernardo Carnicero Dominguez, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Paolo Bensi, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Pierluigi Silvestrin, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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