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  • What is ATMS?

    The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument is the next generation cross-track microwave sounder providing atmospheric temperature and moisture for operational weather and climate applications.

    ATMS is a key instrument that collects microwave radiation from the Earth's atmosphere and surface all day and all night, even through clouds. ATMS currently flies on the Suomi NPP satellite mission and will fly on the JPSS-1 and JPSS-2 satellite missions.

  • What is CERES?

    The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument measures reflected sunlight and thermal radiation emitted by the Earth.

    CERES FM5 is currently flying on the Suomi NPP satellite mission, and CERES FM6 will fly on the JPSS-1 spacecraft. The Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI) is scheduled to fly on the JPSS-2 satellite mission.

  • What is CrIS?

    The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument is the first in a series of advanced operational sounders that provides more accurate, detailed atmospheric temperature and moisture observations for weather and climate applications.

    CrIS is a key instrument currently flying on the Suomi NPP satellite and represents a significant enhancement over NOAA's legacy infrared sounder—High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounders (HIRS). The sounding accuracy of CrIS is well beyond the capabilities of current NOAA operational sounders. CrIS will also fly on the JPSS-1 and JPSS-2 satellite missions.

  • What is OMPS?

    The advanced Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) tracks the health of the ozone layer and measures the concentration of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere.

    OMPS consists of three spectrometers: a downward-looking nadir mapper, nadir profiler and limb profiler. The entire OMPS suite, OMPS-Nadir (OMPS-N) and OMPS-Limb (OMPS-L), currently fly on board the Suomi NPP spacecraft and are scheduled to fly on the JPSS-2 satellite mission.

  • What is VIIRS?

    The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument collects visible and infrared imagery and global observations of land, atmosphere, cryosphere and oceans.

    Currently flying on the Suomi NPP satellite mission, VIIRS generates many critical environmental products about snow and ice cover, clouds, fog, aerosols, fire, smoke plumes, dust, vegetation health, phytoplankton abundance and chlorophyll. VIIRS will also be on the JPSS-1 and JPSS-2 satellite missions.