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Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR)- flight operations support centre - Post-Launch - GA01003

The Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) measures global Sea Surface Temperature (SST) from space to the highest possible levels of accuracy and stability, as required for climate research and monitoring. It is the third in the ATSR series, and is a payload instrument on ESA's ENVISAT, ESA's largest ever satellite, which was launched in March 2002 and is currently flying in a polar orbit, with a payload of 10 instruments, providing data about the Earth's surface and atmosphere.

The AATSR programme is funded jointly by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Australian Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR), and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). AATSR will establish continuity of the ATSR-1 and ATSR-2 data sets leading to the production of a unique 10-15 year record of global sea surface temperatures.

Project Documents
• Abstract : Abstract   (26k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2004

Cost: £1,173,847
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Central Science Laboratory
Climate and Weather              
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Sustainable Production              
Fields of Study
Climate Change Adaptation