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The Mutsu Bay Experiment: validation of ATSR-1 and ATSR-2 sea surface temperature

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A comparison is presented between sea surface temperature measurements from the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) space instruments and coincident in situ measurements made using the high-accuracy Scanning Infrared Sea Surface Temperature Radiometer (SISTeR). The in situ measurements were obtained as part of the Mutsu Bay Experiment (MUBEX) conducted in northern Japan during July and August 1996. Differences between the satellite and in situ measurements are lower than 0.2 deg K for ATSR-2 and 0.5 deg K for ATSR-1. This indicates that both ATSR-1 (after 5 years of continuous operation) and ATSR-2 are operating well within their accuracy design specification.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Earth Observation Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, England, UK 2: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire, England, UK 3: Department of Computer and Information Science, Iwate University, 4-3-5 Ueda, Morioka, Iwate 020, Japan 4: Department of Oceanography, Southampton Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, England, UK

Publication date: 2000-12-15

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