Cooperative Institute for
Meteorological Satellite Studies

SSEC / CIMSS Field Programs and Instruments

CIMSS and SSEC researchers participate in field programs all over the world -- from Oklahoma and Alaska to Italy and South Africa. Through these experiments, our scientists not only gain insight into the Earth's atmosphere, weather, and climate, but they also have the opportunity to colloborate with the engineers in SSEC to assess current and future environmental remote sensing technologies.To view a list of our field programs, please see the Atmospheric and Earth Science Field Experiments on SSEC's Field Experiments page.


AERI instrument

AERI (Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer)



GIFTS instrument

GIFTS (Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer)

HIS instrument

HIS (High-Resolution Interferometer Sounder)

MAS instrument

MAS (MODIS Airborne Simulator)

NAST-I instrument

NAST-I (National Polar - Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Airborne Sounder Testbed - Interferometer)

RIG instrument group

RIG Weather Data (real-time rooftop weather observations)

SHIS instrument

Scanning HIS