The ATSR Project
The purpose of the ATSR validation programme at RAL is to demonstrate the self-consistency of ATSR-1 and ATSR-2 products and the agreement of these products with independent sources of information.
RAL has constructed two SISTeR sea-going in-situ validation radiometers to collect independent measurements of skin SST at the bottom of the atmospheric path. The SISTeRs are deployed on research ships and other commercial ships for validation campaigns lasting up to two months. Upwelling sea and downwelling sky radiances are collected whenever conditions permit, along with supporting measurments of bulk SST, local meteorology and other parameters. The first SISTeR campaign was conducted in Mutsu Bay, Japan in 1996. Subsequent campaigns have covered the North and South Atlantic Oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the English Channel.
A SISTeR radiometer has taken part in the following campaigns. Follow the links for more details of the campaigns and breakdowns of the individual validation results.
MUBEX96 - Mutsu Bay Japan,
AMT-3/ROSSA96 - North
and South Atlantic, 1996
SUDOFEX97 - English
MUBEX97 - Mutsu Bay Japan,
AMT-7/ROSSA98 - North
and South Atlantic, 1998
Nauru99 - Equatorial
Summary of Results
Reflectance Calibration and Validation
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