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What is GCOM-C

GCOM-C mission aims to establish and demonstrate a global, long-term satellite-observing system to measure essential geophysical parameters to facilitate understanding the global radiation budget and carbon cycle mechanism, and eventually contribute to improving future climate projection through a collaborative framework with climate model institutions. The GCOM-C satellite scheduled to be launched in Japanese Fiscal Year 2014.

Objectives and Targets

Uncertainty in current predictions of the air temperature increase
Factors affecting the accuracy of future air temperature prediction
Factor 1: Cooling by atmospheric aerosols
Factor 2: Capability of land and ocean ecosystems to absorb carbon dioxide
Observation targets of GCOM-C

Goals of GCOM-C mission

Contribute to enhancing the accuracy of climate models for predicting air temperature increase

Specification and Products

Satellite: Main Characteristics of GCOM-C

References for further reading on GCOM and GCOM-C mission

GCOM scientific plan overview: GCOM Science Plan
GCOM Mission paper:
 Imaoka, K., Kachi, M., Fujii, H., Murakami, H., Hori, M., Ono, A., Igarashi, T., Nakagawa, K., Oki, T., Honda, T., Shimoda, H., 2010. Global Change Observation Mission (GCOM) for monitoring carbon, water cycles, and climate change. Proc. IEEE 98:717–734.

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