Press Release


Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT)
The Third Research Announcement

August 20, 2010 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
National Institute for Environment Studies (NIES)
Ministry of the Environment (MOE)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) (hereafter referred to as the "Three Parties" collectively) are jointly promoting the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT) Project. The spacecraft was launched successfully on January 23, 2009, and has been operating properly since then. The GOSAT observational data and its processed products are released to the public. The Three Parties would like to accept research proposals for the third time for the purpose of facilitating the data quality evaluation, including calibration, validation, and the utilization of the GOSAT data.

As appeared in the first and the second Research Announcement (RA), which adopted 88 research proposals in total, the Three Parties would like to accept research proposals in any of the following five specific topics also in the third RA:
1) Calibration,
2) Data processing algorithm,
3) Carbon balance estimation / Atmospheric transport modeling,
4) Validation, and
5) Data application.

This announcement will be open to international science and technology community. Individual investigators of any nationality and researchers of any organization, including educational, governmental, and private institutions, are encouraged to apply. Proposals must be for non-profit and peace purposes and should be prepared either in Japanese or English. All submitted proposals are to be evaluated by the RA Selection and Evaluation Committee for the Three Parties.

The Three Parties will hold a workshop sometime in the first half of the next year for principle investigators of the selected research proposals.

Please read the following documents and apply for the third RA by emailing the application form to the GOSAT RA Office (E-Mail) by October 29, 2010. Your application will be greatly appreciated.

For further detail, please visit the following URL.

Schedule for the 3rd RA
 - Release of RA August 20, 2010
 - Deadline for submission of proposals October 29, 2010
 - Notification of the selection results January 31, 2011