SIGMA (Snow Impurity and Glacial Microbe effects on abrupt warming in the Arctic)

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS),
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S), 23221004


Annual plan of SIGMA project

FY / Research activities (1) Field campaign in Greenland (2) Continuous observations in Japan (3) Climate modeling (4) Satellite remote sensing (5) Ice core drilling
FY2011
  • Site inspection in summer (July - August).
  • Instrument setup at Memuro, Sapporo, and Nagaoka.
  • Field survey in mountain snow.
  • Improvement of SMAP model.
  • Preliminary numerical simulation.
  • Algorithm improvements and developments.
  • Snow parameter retrievals with MODIS data.
  • Prepare tools and instruments.
FY2012
  • Field campaign in one month (June - July).
  • Continuous measurements.
  • Development of GMM.
  • Incorporating process models in ESM.
  • Snow parameter retrievals with MODIS data.
  • Site inspection.
FY2013
  • Field campaign in one month (June - July).
  • Continuous measurements.
  • Simulation for future 30 years.
  • Snow parameter retrievals with MODIS data.
  • GCOM-C/SGLI launching.
  • Site inspection.
FY2014
  • Field campaign in one month (June - July).
  • Continuous measurements.
  • Validation with satellite derived snow parameters and albedo.
  • Simulation for past 100 years.
  • Snow parameter retrievals with MODIS & SGLI data.
  • Drilling in one month (April - May).
FY2015
  • Continuous measurements.
  • Validation with ice core records.
  • Snow parameter retrievals with MODIS & SGLI data.




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