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Instrument details
Acronym JMR
Full name JASON Microwave Radiometer
Purpose Water vapour correction for the Poseidon-2 radar altimeter
Short description 3 frequencies: 18.7, 23.8 and 34 GHz
Background Consolidated technology
Scanning Technique Nadir-only viewing, associated to the Poseidon-2 radar altimeter
Resolution 25 km
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in 1 month for 30 km average spacing, or in 10 days for 100 km average spacing
Mass 27 kg Power 31 W Data Rate 100 bps


Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 2002 to 2013
Last update: 2022-07-27
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive microwave radiometer
  • Cross-track, special or non-scanning microwave radiometer
WIGOS Subcomponents No WIGOS subcomponents have been defined.
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Integrated Water Vapour (IWV)
Evaluation of Measurements

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Integrated Water Vapour (IWV)*4 - fairOver sea only.. Along-track only.MW channel(s) in the water vapour band around 23 GHz