- How are the Imager and Sounder aboard the GOES satellites calibrated? Read our Technical Memorandum: Operational Calibration.
- A paper is now in the literature! Look at the September 20, 1997 issue of Applied Optics. The citation is: Weinreb, M.P.,M. Jamison, N. Fulton, Y. Chen, J.X. Johnson, J. Bremer, C. Smith, and J. Baucom, 1997: Operational calibration of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-8 and -9 imagers and sounders. Applied Optics, 36, pp 6895-6904.
- GVAR Data Rollover in Channel 2 of GOES-12 Imager (PDF file)
- Presentation: Correction for GOES Imager Midnight Blackbody Calibration Error
- Correction for GOES imager midnight calibration errors
- Implementation of Midnight Blackbody Calibration Correction (MBCC)
- Change of channels on imagers beginning with GOES-12
Learn about star-based imager visible channel responsivity trending!
- Learn about pre-launch calibration of the visible-channel data!
Post-launch MODIS-based vicarious calibration for the GOES-10 through -15 Imager visible channel.
- Learn how to convert GVAR
counts to temperature in the infrared channels!
- Post-Launch vicarious calibration of visible channel of GOES-8 and 10 Imager
Most recent spectrual response functions available for each instrument:
How are the detectors behaving on the Imager and Sounder? Let's take a look at two representative samples
Imager Channel 4 Detector 1(plot)
Ever since the summer of 1994, we have been monitoring
responsivities of each imager IR detector. With the patch
temperature set at 101°C degrees, the slope
(inverse of the responsivity) trended at about -0.23. In
August, 1994 the patch temperature was lowered to 94°C
degrees. At a colder temperature, the absolute value of
the slope decreases as seen in the plot. In April 1995,
SOCC introduced a scan mirror emissivity correction to the
calibration algorithm, and a change in slope was observed.
In the summer months of 1995-1998, the patch was maintained
at 101°C degrees. The slope is stable near -0.22.
During all other months of the year the patch is controlled
at 94°C degrees, operating with a stable slope
Sounder Channel 8 Detector 1(plot)
Monitoring efforts for the GOES-8 Sounder started in the
summer of 1994. Initially the detector patch was controlled
at 101°C degrees. In August 1994, the patch
temperature was lowered to 94°C degrees, and
has remained at that temperature since. In October 1994,
the first sounder decontamination was done for a 48-hour
period to drive off contaminants from the cooler housing
window. Starting in December 1994, we began a weekly decontamination
effort which runs for a 24-hour period each week to slow
the contamination process. This weekly process usually runs
until the end of April when the cooler housing temperature
gets hot enough to drive off contaminents without additional
heating sources. The large rise in slope centered around
Quarter 3 (Q3) is associated with the fluctuation in patch
temperature during the summer months.
Latest Revision: August 2014.