BackForwardInstrument:  IR (Meteor-2) 

Instrument details
Acronym IR (Meteor-2)
Full name Infrared Instrument
Purpose Cloud observation
Short description Single channel radiometer, 8-12 µm
Background Follow-on of IR flown on the Meteor-1 series
Scanning Technique Cross-track, 1000 km swath
Resolution 15 km
Coverage / Cycle Global in 1.5 days
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency Roscosmos
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 1975 to 1995
Last update: 2012-09-05
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • Moderate resolution optical imager
WIGOS Subcomponents No WIGOS subcomponents have been defined.
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Cloud cover
  • Cloud top temperature
Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Cloud cover*5 - marginalNo specific limitation.TIR channel(s)
Cloud top temperature*5 - marginalNo specific limitation.TIR window channel(s)
Fire fractional cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Coarse spatial resolution.TIR channels
Fire radiative power5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Coarse spatial resolution.TIR channels
Fire temperature5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Coarse spatial resolution.TIR channels
Sea surface temperature5 - marginalCloud sensitive.TIR window channel(s) around 11 micrometers .
Wind (horizontal)5 - marginalLimited to high latitudes.. Cloud or water vapour tracers needed.TIR channel(s) around 11 micrometers window