Low-Carbon Research Program

With the idea of building the scientific foundation that society will use to tackle the goal of keeping the global mean surface temperature increase below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, this program will conduct observations mainly in the Asia-Pacific region to assess the balances of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming as well as assessing impacts and control measures. To accomplish that, the program will use surface and aerial observations, and an observation satellite to be launched in 2017, to develop a highly reliable three-dimensional global-scale greenhouse gas monitoring system. Furthermore, climate change projection models, impact assessment models, and integrated socioeconomic assessment models will be combined and used to discuss the need for and feasibility of building a sustainable, low-carbon society following the path indicated by this comprehensive research program.