Science & Data

GIFTS represents a revolutionary step in satellite-based remote sensing technology that will improve our understanding of the atmosphere. Using a unique blend of technology, GIFTS will measure infrared energy emitted from the Earth with an unprecedented combination of spectral, temporal and spatial resolution and coverage. These measurements will facilitate the retrieval of thermal and gaseous concentration profiles, cloud parameters, wind field profiles, and numerous environmental derived products. Ultimately, the GIFTS technology and data demonstration will influence the development the next generation NOAA GOES Sounder, which will constitute the operational implementation of a proven geostationary high spectral resolution infrared capability.