SKYNET is an observation network dedicated for aerosol-cloud-radiation interaction researches. It was initiated under the WCRP/GAME project and expanded focusing on East Asia as the ADEOS/GLI validation activity. The primary objectives of SKYNET are 1) to quantitatively evaluate long-term variations of aerosols, clouds, and atmospheric radiation and 2) to understand their effects on climate through aerosol-cloud-radiation interaction. In addition, the validation for satellite observations (e.g., GOSAT, GOSAT-2, GCOM-C, EarthCARE, and Himawari-8) 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 atmospheric radiation in worldwide under close collaboration among national agencies, institutes, and universities. All sites of SKYNET are equipped with one or more sky radiometers as the main instrument. To strengthen the ability of the SKYNET, simultaneous measurements with other instruments such as pyranometer, pyrgeometer, microwave radiometer, absorption meter, cloud camera, lidar, and MAX-DOAS are also conducted for some selected sites.
This is for the research product release service.
The relevant web sites are:
- NIES (for regular-basis product release service)
- Univ. of Toyoma (for another research product service).
- Previous version of main SKYNET web sites (still active) at Chiba Univ.
- ESR (European SKYNET Radiometer network)
The SKYNET-relevant activities at Chiba Univ. are conducted by:
- Air Quality & Sky Research (A-SKY) Laboratory (Irie laboratory)