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MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS): Level 1B reprocessed radiance product

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-02-13
Download Stats: last 12 months


The Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) is one of the ten instruments on board the Envisat satellite launched on the 28th of February 2002 from Kourou (French Guyana) and operated by the European Space Agency (ESA). MERIS is a 68.5 deg field-of-view nadir-pointing imaging spectrometer which measures the solar radiation reflected by the Earth in 15 spectral bands (visible and near-infrared). It obtains a global coverage of the Earth in 3 days. Its main objective is to measure the sea colour and quantify the ocean chlorophyll content and sediment, thus providing information on the ocean carbon cycle and thermal regime. It is also used to derive the cloud top height, cloud optical thickness, aerosol and water vapour column. The ground spatial resolution of the instrument is 260 m x 290 m. Only reduced resolution data (1.04 km x 1.16 km) are archived at the NEODC.

This dataset contains Level 1B reprocessed radiances MERIS product.

Citable as:  European Space Agency (2007): MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS): Level 1B reprocessed radiance product. NERC Earth Observation Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: MERIS, Global Radiances, Sea Colour, Ocean Chlorophyll Content, Sediment, Cloud Parameters


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Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data acquired directly from European Space Agency (ESA) via a number of routes: File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tape transfer and Data Dissemination Service (DDS) link.

Data Quality:
Operational data
File Format:
Data are Envisat PDS formatted.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

Envisat - MERIS Deployed on: Envisat

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: Envisat

Computation Element: 1

Title Level 1B reprocessed retrieved data
Abstract Level 1B reprocessed retrieved data
Input Description None
Output Description None
Software Reference None
Output Description None
  • long_name: Aerosol Optical Depth
  • names: Aerosol Optical Depth
  • long_name: Aerosols
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Aerosols
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Aerosols,
  • long_name: Albedo
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Albedo
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Albedo,
  • long_name: Atmospheric Radiation
  • gcmd_name: Atmospheric Radiation
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Atmospheric Radiation,
  • long_name: Atmospheric Water Vapor
  • gcmd_name: Atmospheric Water Vapor
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Atmospheric Water Vapor,
  • long_name: Chlorophyll
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Microbiota > Chlorophyll
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Microbiota > Chlorophyll,
  • long_name: Cloud Ceiling
  • gcmd_name: Cloud Ceiling
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, Cloud Ceiling
  • long_name: Cloud Optical Depth
  • names: Cloud Optical Depth
  • long_name: Cloud Top Pressure
  • gcmd_name: Cloud Top Pressure
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Cloud Top Pressure,
  • long_name: Clouds
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Clouds
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Clouds
  • long_name: Gelbstoff
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Optics > Gelbstoff
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Optics > Gelbstoff,
  • long_name: Irradiance
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Optics > Irradiance
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Optics > Irradiance,
  • long_name: Marine Sediments
  • gcmd_name: Marine Sediments
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, Marine Sediments
  • long_name: Ocean Chemistry
  • gcmd_name: Ocean Chemistry
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, Ocean Chemistry
  • long_name: Ocean Color
  • gcmd_name: Ocean Color
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, Ocean Color
  • long_name: Ocean Optics
  • gcmd_name: Ocean Optics
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Ocean Optics,
  • long_name: Optical Depth
  • gcmd_name: Optical Depth
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Optical Depth,
  • long_name: Photosynthetically Active Radiation
  • gcmd_name: Photosynthetically Active Radiation
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Photosynthetically Active Radiation,
  • long_name: Radiance
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Optics > Radiance
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Optics > Radiance,
  • long_name: Reflectance
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Reflectance
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Reflectance,
  • long_name: Suspended Solids
  • gcmd_name: Suspended Solids
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Suspended Solids,
  • long_name: Thickness
  • names: Thickness
  • long_name: Vegetation
  • gcmd_name: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation
  • long_name: Vegetation Index
  • gcmd_name: Vegetation Index
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Vegetation Index,
  • long_name: Water Chemistry
  • names: Water Chemistry
  • long_name: Water Quality
  • gcmd_name: Water Quality
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, Water Quality
  • long_name: Water Vapor
  • gcmd_name: Water Vapor
  • gcmd_url:
  • names: Water Vapor,
  • long_name: Water-leaving Radiance
  • gcmd_name: Water-leaving Radiance
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, Water-leaving Radiance

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