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About AMSR2

The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) onboard the GCOM-W satellite is a remote sensing instrument for measuring weak microwave emission from the surface and the atmosphere of the Earth. From about 700 km above the Earth, AMSR2 will provide us highly accurate measurements of the intensity of microwave emission and scattering.
The antenna of AMSR2 rotates once per 1.5 seconds and obtains data over a 1450 km swath. This conical scan mechanism enables AMSR2 to acquire a set of daytime and nighttime data with more than 99% coverage of the Earth every 2 days.

Observing System

Channel Specification and Products

Observation area of AMSR2

Documents

AMSR Series in A-Train
(pdf, 4.4MB, A-train Workshop, New Orleans, Oct. 25, 2010)
Status/Products/Services for GCOM-W1
(pdf, 733KB, A-train Workshop, New Orleans, Oct. 25, 2010)
GCOM (pdf, 4.0MB, February 2011)
OVERVIEW OF GCOM (APPENDIX C of the GCOM Third Research Announcement)
(pdf, 386KB, jan. 21, 2011)


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