Satellite Observation Center

Satellite Observation Center

The center contributes to the improved scientific understanding of the carbon cycle, more accurate prediction of the climate in the future, and the Ministry of the Environment's global warming-related measures through activities using the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (Ibuki/GOSAT, launched in 2009) and the satellite that will succeed it (GOSAT-2, to be launched in 2017). Activities include developing and operating a data-processing system that determines concentrations and other information about substances including atmospheric CO2, methane, CO, and fine particulate matter by verifying, storing, and providing the data obtained, and using the data in communication activities. The center will also conduct the scientific review of Earth observation satellites to come after GOSAT-2.