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DLR and Japan sign collaboration agreement on climate research
12 December 2017
Around the time of the Paris climate summit on 12 December 2017, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japanese National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) signed a collaboration agreement regarding remote sensing of greenhouse gases. "Through this agreement, we will be actively involved in implementing the aims established at the Paris Climate Change Conference COP-21 of 2015, and also contribute to the resolutions of COP-23 in Bonn," explained Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. "Annual workshops involving additional Japanese and German greenhouse gas 'stakeholders' will complement our work."
The main point of the agreement is collaboration in the validation of current and future satellite systems for measuring greenhouse gases. Japan is currently running the GOSAT mission and in 2018 will launch the GOSAT-2 mission to measure carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide. In 2020, DLR and the French space agency CNES will jointly undertake the MERLIN mission for the accurate measurement of methane. Furthermore, with the airborne 'CHARM-F' system, DLR can compare data acquired directly in the atmosphere with that acquired by satellite-based systems. Special attention must be devoted to accurate calibration and analysis methodology in order to obtain a better mutual understanding of the different measuring systems.
Image credit: DLR - Signing of the collaboration agreement between DLR and JAXA