CIMR: the Passive Microwave Satellite Mission for Copernicus.

Thomas Lavergne,
MET Norway
Seminar Date: 
31. October 2018 - 12:30 - 13:10
Lecture room, Ground Floor, NERSC

EU is currently planning the future of its fleet of Earth Observation missions: the Sentinels. To serve the EU integrated Arctic policy from 2025, several candidate missions are under study. One of the candidate, the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) is an advanced Passive Microwave Radiometer mission, improving on the now 40 years capability of SMMR, SSM/I(S), and AMSRs. The two primary objectives of CIMR are all-weather, high-resolution, high-accuracy, sub-daily observations of sea-ice concentration (SIC), and sea-surface temperature (SST). By its design, it will allow full coverage of the Arctic (and Antarctic) regions every day, and enable monitoring of many other variables (sea-ice type, sea-ice drift, thin sea-ice thickness, snow on land and sea-ice, ocean salinity, high wind speeds, salinity,...).
At this seminar, I will present CIMR, its characteristics, and its targeted observational capabilities. I will compare CIMR to existing (AMSR2, MWRI) and future (MWI on board EPS-SG) passive microwave missions.