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Introductory Summary of the GOES-8 & -9 Imagers

The GOES Imagers measure radiation in five spectral bands, including one visible (channel 1) and four infrared channels. These spectral bands are summarized below and are also briefly discussed in another RAMM Branch tutorial, Introduction to GOES-8.

GOES' Imager Channel Spectral Bands

Channel Central Wavelength Ground Resolution
(microns - um) (kilometers - km)
1 0.7 1
2 3.9 4
3 6.7 8
4 10.7 4
5 12.0 4

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