EORC researches in the field of Earth science such as global climate change, water cycle, atmospheric environment and crustal movements using satellite data while developing calibration/validation and analysis methods to improve data quality observed by sensors onboard earth observation satellites. In addition, EORC researches on satellite data applications in fields such as disaster prevention, land conservation, infrastructure management, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, since satellite data can be highly useful in many societal benefit areas.
Each research project, specializes in each satellite and sensor, carries out these studies, the research results will be reflected in future satellite development.
ALOS Research and Application Project
ALOS Research and Application Project conducts the Earth science research and application research using the data from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and high-resolution optical sensors onboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) “Daichi” series satellites.
GPM project conducts the Earth science research, application research, and calibration/validation in the field of precipitation and water cycle using the precipitation radar onboard earth observation satellites.
GCOM-W project conducts the Earth science/application researches and calibration/validation activities related to climate and water cycle variations using the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR) series.
GCOM-C project conducts the Earth science/application researches and calibration/validation related to climate change using the Second generation GLobal Imager (SGLI) onboard earth observation satellite GCOM-C.
GOSAT project conducts research and development and data calibration/validation by using sensors onboard the “IBUKI” (GOSAT) series satellites for observing greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane) which are the causes of global warming.
EarthCARE is an earth observation satellite mission that Japan and Europe are collaborating for development. The project plans to monitor the distribution and vertical structure of clouds and aerosols, and radiation balance energy at the upper end of the atmosphere globally.