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ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative European Science Coordination - Advancing the scientific capacity of L-band SAR in Europe in support to EU environmental and political directives and obligations

Objective

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-MOBILITY-12
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Funding Scheme

IRG - Marie Curie actions-International re-integration grants

Coordinator

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Address

Brussels
Belgium