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Instrument: CERES-FM5 : Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System - Flight Model 5
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Spectral/Frequency Information
Number Channels: 1
Spectral/Frequency Coverage/Range: 0.3 Ám - 50 Ám

Wavelength Keyword: Infrared > Thermal
Number Channels: 1
Spectral/Frequency Coverage/Range: 8 Ám - 12 Ám

Wavelength Keyword: Infrared > Reflected
Number Channels: 1
Spectral/Frequency Coverage/Range: 0.3 Ám - 5 Ám

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[Source NPP Project, ]

CERES, a three-channel radiometer, measures both solar-reflected and Earth-emitted radiation from the top of the atmosphere to the surface. It also determines cloud properties including the amount, height, thickness, particle size, and phase of clouds using simultaneous measurements by other instruments. These measurements are critical for understanding cloud-radiation climate change and improving the prediction of global warming using climate models. CERES instruments also fly on the TRMM, Terra, and Aqua satellites.

Mass: approximately 45 kilograms
Average Power: 45W
Development Institution: NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)
CERES Lead: Norman Loeb, NASA LaRC
Purpose: To measure the Earth's energy balance for a better understanding of global climate change.

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Instrument Logistics
Instrument Owner: USA/NOAA