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Instrument: HIRS : High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder
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The High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) is an
atmospheric sounding instrument that has provided important
information on atmospheric temperatures in cloud-free conditions since
1978. The latest version, HIRS/3, will be flown on NOAA-K, -L, -M in
the years from 1998. A similar instrument, HIRS/4, will be flown on
EUMETSAT's Metop-1, -2, -3 from 2005. They will provide high
resolution temperature soundings of the global atmosphere in
cloud-free conditions of great importance to meteorology and
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