Scanning Geometry of the CIMR instrument

2019-02-21T09:42:41Z (GMT) by Craig Donlon Felice Vanin
Caption: Scanning geometry of the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) instrument. Forward and backward scans are shown.

Context:
The Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) instrument is a conically-scanning passive microwave radiometer, in the lineage of other missions such as SSM/I and AMSRs. This scanning geometry allows near constant Observation Zenith Angle (OZA) throughout the swath.

Unique to CIMR is the capability for both a forward and a backward scan. At the center of the swath, the two scans will image a location on Earth with a delay of ~4 min (260 s).