SKYNET is an observation network dedicated to aerosol-cloud-radiation
interaction researches (e.g., Takamura et al., 2004; Nakajima et al.,
2007). The primary objectives of SKYNET are:
- to quantitatively
evaluate long-term variations of aerosols and clouds properties, and
therefore of the atmospheric radiation reaching the surface;
- to understand their effects on climate because of
In addition, the validation for satellite observations (e.g., GOSAT,
GOSAT-2, GCOM-C, EarthCARE, Himawari-8, and GEMS) as well as climate
model simulations and data assimilations are also within the scope of
the SKYNET activity.
To accomplish these objectives, SKYNET observes optical and
microphysical properties of aerosols and clouds and measures
atmospheric radiation founded on a close international collaboration
among national agencies, institutes, and universities.
- Takamura, T., and T. Nakajima, Overview of SKYNET and its activities, Opt. Pura Apl. 37, 3303-3308, 2004.
- Nakajima, T., S. C. Yoon, V. Ramanathan, G. Y. Shi, T. Takemura, A. Higurashi, T. Takamura, K. Aoki, B. J. Sohn, S. W. Kim, H. Tsuruta, N. Sugimoto, A. Shimizu, H. Tanimoto, Y. Sawa, N. H. Lin, C. T. Lee, D. Goto, and N. Schutgens, Overview of the Atmospheric Brown Cloud East Asian Regional Experiment 2005 and a study of the aerosol direct radiative forcing in east Asia, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D24S91, doi:10.1029/2007JD009009, 2007.