Visible and Infra-Red Spin Scan Radiometer (VISSR)
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00330

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Summary
Abstract: The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) has, in archive, both digital data and hard-copy images from early VISSR (Visible and Infra-Red Spin Scan Radiometer) sensors on board the early Synchronous Meteorological Satellites (SMS) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES). VISSR was on two SMS satellites, SMS-1/2, and the first six GOES satellites, GOES-1/6. GOES-4/6 were equipped with the VAS (VISSR Atmospheric Sounder), which routinely produced VISSR data and vertical soundings through the atmosphere. The geographic area covered was North and South America, the Northern and Southern Atlantic Ocean, and the Northeastern and Southeastern Pacific Ocean. The data period was July 1976 through September 1988. The GOES geostationary platform repeated the same field of view every half hour. For severe weather, the VISSR data was obtained every 3 to 5 minutes for a small area containing the weather of interest. VISSR/VAS was a scanning radiometer, with channels in the visible and IR (10 to 12 micrometer region for VISSR data) portions of the spectrum. The sensor produced 1 km visible data at 6 bit precision and 8 km IR data at 8 bit precision. The documentation contained in VISSR data included earth location references. Sensor calibration information is available separately. The VISSR archive file consists of a series of VISSR frames, wherein each frame contains the visible and IR data from one complete view of the earth from one satellite. Each frame consists of a series of records containing the visible and/or IR data from one East-West scan; the full earth view includes about 16,000 visible scan lines (each containing 16,000 data values) and about 1,800 IR scan lines (each containing 3,800 data values). Each scan contains documentation.

Purpose: To make a wide range of climatic data available to researchers and the public.

CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: Ground Condition

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Geographic Coverage
 N: 80.0 S: -80.0  E: 0.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: Visible and Infra-Red Spin Scan Radiometer (VISSR)
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Online Resource: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1976-07-26
Stop Date: 1988-09-25


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > EQUATORIAL
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > MID-LATITUDE
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > WESTERN HEMISPHERE
CONTINENT > SOUTH AMERICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > TROPICS
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN


Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: 3-5 Minutes


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >TROPOPAUSE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >ATMOSPHERIC STABILITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >BOUNDARY LAYER TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >TEMPERATURE PROFILES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR PROFILES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD TOP PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD TOP TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD TYPES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >OUTGOING LONGWAVE RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >REFLECTANCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SNOW/ICE    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND TEMPERATURE >LAND SURFACE TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND COVER    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES >REFLECTANCE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >TOPOGRAPHY >LANDFORMS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >TOPOGRAPHY    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CIRCULATION    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN HEAT BUDGET    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS >INFRARED IMAGERY    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS >INFRARED RADIANCE    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS >REFLECTED INFRARED    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS >THERMAL INFRARED    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS >ORBITAL CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS >VIEWING GEOMETRY    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >SENSOR CHARACTERISTICS >VIEWING GEOMETRY    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >SENSOR CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS >VISIBLE IMAGERY    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS >VISIBLE RADIANCE    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ELEVATION
IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER
OCEANS


Platform
GOES >NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites    [Information]
SMS >Synchronous Meteorological Satellites    [Information]


Instrument
VAS >VISSR Atmospheric Sounder    [Information]
VISSR >Visible and Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer    [Information]


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]
GOES >Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites    [Information]


Access Constraints
ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: None

DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of current NOAA quality control procedures. NOAA can only certify that the data provided to its customers is an authentic copy of the records which were accepted for inclusion in NOAA archives. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.


Use Constraints
None


Keywords
EQUATORIAL
TROPICS
MID-LATITUDE
POLAR
WESTERN HEMISPHERE
NORTH AMERICA
SOUTH AMERICA
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN
EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN
GOSIC
G3OS/


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: NCDC CUSTOMER SERVICE
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Format: To be determined
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Personnel
NCDC CUSTOMER SERVICE
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-06-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-07-21

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