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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., gAlgorithm Developmenth and gValidationh), 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., gApplication Researchh).
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.
RA details and forms for proposals can be downloaded from the following: