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GSICS is one of the space components of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Its mission is to provide users with high-quality and inter-calibrated measurements from operational satellites. Please see the GSICS portal operated by WMO for more details. The MSC contributes to GSICS in its role as a GSICS Processing and Research Center (GPRC) for the Himawari/MTSAT/GMS series.
Himawari Calibration Portal provides information on instrument specification, calibration events and data outages of the JMA's geostationary satellites.
Within the GSICS framework, Himawari-8 and MTSAT infrared data are routinely compared with those from high-spectral-resolution sounders, such as the AIRS equipment on the Aqua satellite and the IASI instrument on the Metop satellite. For details of inter-calibration methods and results, please refer to the infrared inter-calibration guides links bellow. Regarding the maturity level of GSICS Products, please see GSICS Product Catalog.
Himawari-8 and MTSAT visible data are routinely monitored based on comparison of observations with radiative transfer calculation. For details of vicarious calibration methods, please see the following vicarious calibration guide web page.