With the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) due for launch by the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) this forthcoming September, the proposed IRG project in a timely manner aims to support and stimulate the advance of the European scientific capacity related to low frequency L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) by taking advantage of the leading scientific role gained by the European researcher during more than 8 years with JAXA. He is presently project manager for the "ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative" (ALOS K&C), an international initiative to support the Kyoto Protocol and carbon cycle science with the ALOS L-band SAR. By combining the researcher's position and close relationship with JAXA, with the scientific and political experience of the host organisation (the Joint Research Centre) - a key player in the scientific development of remote sensing applications in support to EU policies and environmental monitoring - the project is set out to contribute to the development of a successful and competitive European L-band SAR competence and scientific applications, which can contribute to Europe's climate change obligations and GMES.
The proposed actions are centred around three main areas of activities; one aiming at strengthening L-band SAR science capacity in Europe, through the establishment of a European Coordinator function for the ALOS K&C Initiative, and two relating to L-band SAR research and applications development relevant to EU polic ies for environment, development and research, pertaining to regional-scale mapping and monitoring of Kyoto ARD.The project is also foreseen to result in long-term collaboration between JAXA, the JRC and the European L-band SAR science community.
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