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Advanced Scatterometer


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(ASCAT)

An instrument carried by the MetOp satellites, and which is an advanced version of the scatterometers employed on the European Remote Sensing Satellites. It uses six antennae for simultaneous coverage of two swathes on either side of the ground track. Apart from wave height and wind direction, its observations are used in studies of land and sea ice, snow cover and thawing, snow properties, and soil moisture.

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