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Scanning Geometry of the CIMR instrument

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posted on 21.02.2019, 09:42 authored by Craig DonlonCraig Donlon, Felice Vanin
Caption: Scanning geometry of the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) instrument. Forward and backward scans are shown.

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).