Global Change Observation Mission-Water

Project Description
The GCOM-W mission aims to establish the global and long-term observation system to collect data, which is needed to understand mechanisms of climate and water cycle variations, and demonstrate its utilization. AMSR2 onboard the first generation of the GCOM-W satellite will continue Aqua/AMSR-E observations of water vapor, cloud liquid water, precipitation, SST, sea surface wind speed, sea ice concentration, snow depth, and soil moisture. The GCOM-W satellite scheduled to be launched in late 2011 or early 2012.

http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/gcom_w/
http://suzaku.eorc.jaxa.jp/GCOM_W/