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Future microwave instruments for numerical weather prediction and climate research
Author(s): Ulf Klein; Chung-Chi Lin; Janet E. Charlton; Jean-Marc Goutoule; Nigel C. Atkinson; Laurence Eymard
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Paper Abstract

The European Space Agency has undertaken exploratory studies to define future space borne microwave instruments for application in numerical weather prediction (NWP) and climate research in the 2015 to 2020 time frame. Teams involving scientist and industrial partners were following an approach that in a first stage reviewed and defined the user requirements for both applications. NWP requires mainly existing observables at an improved spatial and temporal resolution, and in addition operational observation of ice clouds. Climate user requirements are quite similar but do not call for the same temporal resolution and additionally observations of cirrus and surface parameters are needed. The user requirements were translated into system requirements that, at this point appear challenging but in most cases feasible in the envisaged time frame. The industrial teams traded the user requirements, system requirements and implementation issues. The derived mission and instrument concepts include improved cross-track sounders with AMSU heritage as well as conical scanning instruments (partly including sounding capabilities) on polar orbiting platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4881, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VI, (8 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.462466
Show Author Affiliations
Ulf Klein, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Chung-Chi Lin, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Janet E. Charlton, Sula Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Jean-Marc Goutoule, Astrium SAS (France)
Nigel C. Atkinson, UK Met Office (United Kingdom)
Laurence Eymard, Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4881:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VI
Hiroyuki Fujisada; Joan B. Lurie; Michelle L. Aten; Konradin Weber; Joan B. Lurie; Michelle L. Aten; Konradin Weber, Editor(s)

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