We study advanced remote sensing technology and develop instruments that can measure atmospheric wind, water vapor, and precipitation with high temporal and spatial resolutions. One of their applications is to build a system that can detect localized heavy rainfalls, so-called "guerrilla rainstorms", and tornados much earlier than the current operational systems. We also make research in spaceborne radars, lidars, and submillimeter spectroscopic sensors that measure global distributions of precipitation, clouds, and winds in order to improve accuracy in global climate/weather monitoring and forecasting.
We are, moreover, engaged in the development of an airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) which can produce images of ground surfaces and detect their small variations. Our research includes advanced analytical techniques on SAR images as well. Data obtained by SAR are utilized to collect geographical information associated with natural incidents such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
Director : Seiji Kawamura