CEOS Instrument: POLarization and Directionality of the Earth's Reflectances (PARASOL version)

Agency: CNES
Mission: PARASOL
Type:Multi-channel/direction/polarisation radiometer
Description:Measures polarisation, and directional and spectral characteristics of the solar light reflected by aerosols, clouds, oceans and land surfaces
Spatial Resolution: 5.5 x 5.5 km
Swath Width: 1600 km
Wavebands: VIS - NIR: 0.490 ?m, 0.670 ?m and 0.865 ?m at 3 polarisations, and 0.49 ?m, 0.565 ?m, 0.763 ?m, 0.765 ?m, 0.91 ?m, and 1.02 ?m with no polarisation
Technology: Multi-channel/direction/polarisation radiometer
Description: Imaging Vis/IR radiometer that addresses parameters observable by exploiting different viewing conditions (e.g., to convert radiances into irradiances), different polarisations (to reconstruct the electric field, i.e. the Stokes vector) and more channels (to collect more spectral signatures). A variety of configurations are possible. Multi-polarisation and multi-directionality are appropriate for short wavelengths. Channels bandwidths 2-5 %, spatial resolution typically 0.5-5 km. Applicable only in LEO.

Measurement List:

  Aerosol optical depth (column/profile)

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CEOS Data Base Version: 17 - Created: 2012-01-18