What is AMSU?

AMSU stands for Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit. It is derived from the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) which began service in 1978 on TIROS-N and continued on the NOAA 6 through 14 satellites. AMSU flies on the NOAA KLM and N satellites as well as NASA's Aqua:

SatelliteLaunch Date
NOAA 1513 May 1998
NOAA 1621 Sep 2000
Aqua04 May 2002
NOAA 1724 Jun 2002
NOAA 1820 May 2005

AMSU is a considerable advance over MSU.

For much more information, see the NOAA KLM User's Guide.


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