Tiros Operational Vertical Sounder
Entry ID: gov.noaa.class.TOVS

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Abstract: ABSTRACT: The TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) system consisted of three instruments: the High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder Version 2 (HIRS/2), the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) and the Stratospheric Sounding Unit (SSU). This system was onboard the NOAA-6 through NOAA-14 and TIROS-N satellites. The Advanced TOVS (ATOVS) replaced the TOVS instruments starting from NOAA-15 onwards. ... View entire text

Purpose: PURPOSE: TOVS was designed so that the data from the HIRS, SSU, MSU, AMSU-A, AMSU-B and MHS instruments could be combined to compute: 1) atmospheric temperature profiles from the surface to 10 millibars (mb), 2) water vapor content at three levels of the atmosphere, and 3) total ozone content. Improved accuracy of retrieval profiles and a better definition of the water vapor profile, even in the presence of clouds, are the objectives of this system.
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Description: Download options for Tiros Operational Vertical Sounder level 1b datasets.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSDPD > Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: Tiros Operational Vertical Sounder
Dataset Release Date: 1978-10-19
Online Resource: http://www.class.noaa.gov/nsaa/products/search?sub_id=0&datatype_fa...
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1978-10-19
Quality LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: View Level 1B Notices at http://www.osdpd.noaa.gov/PSB/PPP/notices/notices.html.

COMPLETENESS REPORT: View Level 1B Notices at http://www.osdpd.noaa.gov/PSB/PPP/notices/notices.html.

HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Prior to June 1981, the Earth location data in the TOVS Level 1b data may ... View entire text
Access Constraints ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: None

DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Disclaimer - While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, 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.
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Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://www.class.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Email: info at class.noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA
Distribution Format: binary NOAA 1b version 2 and 3
Fees: Please See Summary

Distribution Format: BUFR
Fees: Please See Summary
Phone: 301-763-8142 X 185
Fax: 301-899-9196
Email: Awdhesh.Sharma at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
5200 Auth Road, Room 510
City: Camp Springs
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20746
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-08-31
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-11-02
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