My name is Tsuneo Matsunaga. I have served as Director of Satellite Observation Center since fiscal year 2016.
The Center is currently promoting GOSAT Project, GOSAT-2 Project, and GOSAT-GW Project. These projects are mainly conducting the development and operation of two ground systems, GOSAT DHF for operational processing of GOSAT data and G2DPS for GOSAT-2 data, as well as validation for the products of these two satellites and other various studies.
The Center takes charge of Science Team organized by related researchers in Japan and a secretariat for Research Announcement on Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite Series targeting researchers at home and abroad.In addition, we have commenced the development of GOSAT-GW, a successor to GOSAT-2, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
We appreciate your continued support and cooperation.
Since FY 2016, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has been conducting the "Satellite Observation Research Project" as one of research projects which are defined as "research activities which require systematic and programmatic approaches". It includes three satellite projects jointly promoted with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), namely GOSAT (Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite, or Ibuki), GOSAT-2 and GOSAT-GW (Global Observing SATellite for Greenhouse gases and Water circle).
The objectives of the "Satellite Observation Research Project" are
In April 2016, the Satellite Observation Center (SOC) was established in the Center for Global Environmental Research (CGER), NIES, as an organization which is responsible for the "Satellite Observation Research Project".
The organizational structure of SOC as of November 2019 is as follows: