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Precipitation Measuring Mission (PMM) Science Research Announcement

Precipitation Measuring Mission (PMM) Science
6th Research Announcement

In this sixth Precipitation Measuring Mission (PMM) Science Research Announcement (RA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announces the opportunity for researches, relating to the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. Participation in this RA is open to all categories of domestic and foreign organizations including educational institutions (except for students), industries, non-profit institutions and Japanese Government agencies. However, funding may differ for each research category and applicant.

To meet the mission objectives of TRMM and GPM, which are to understand and predict global water cycle variation and contribute to operational use, this RA seeks to conduct researches necessary to generate global, highly-accurate, uniform and long-term stable precipitation products (i.e., algorithm development and validation), and researches related to climate and water cycle variation using TRMM data (i.e., application research).

1. Outline of the RA

The TRMM satellite, launched in November 1997, is the first satellite dedicated to measuring tropical and subtropical rainfall from space. More than eleven years of data have now been accumulated. The GPM mission is an international mission led by U.S. and Japan, as successor and expansion of the TRMM satellite. The GPM core satellite, which will be jointly developed is U.S. and Japan, is scheduled to be launched in 2013. Although past PMM RAs were implemented with a focus on researches related to the TRMM satellite, JAXA will invite research proposals especially contributing to development of GPM algorithms in this RA. This RA covers a three-year research period beginning in JFY 2010.

2. Proposal

RA details and forms for proposals can be downloaded from the following:

− RA Details and Forms (Adobe PDF /MS Word)

Proposals with complete sets of attachments, such as reprints of papers, should be converted to PDF format and sent via E-mail to the PMM RA Office (see section 3).

Proposers without access to the Web or who experience difficulty in using this site may contact PMM RA office for assistance.

The deadline for submitting proposals is October 15, 2009.

3. Reference

Mr. Kenichi Komachi (PMM RA Office)

Earth Observation Research Center
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8505, JAPAN
Telephone: +81-50-3362-4433
Fax: +81-29-868-2961