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Precipitation Measuring Mission (PMM) Science Research Announcement

Precipitation Measuring Mission (PMM) Science
7th Research Announcement

In this seventh 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 and development of new research products using techniques such as models and/or data assimilation (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 fourteen 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 early 2014. In this RA, JAXA will invite research proposals for model utilization and data assimilation as new research themes, as well as those contributing to the development and improvement of GPM algorithms needed for producing long-term data sets. This RA covers a three-year research period beginning in JFY 2013.

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 to the PMM RA office for assistance.

Proposals should be submitted to the office no later than October 15, 2012.

3. Reference

Mr. Kazuhide Yamamoto (PMM RA Office)
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