Announcement of the Sixth International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Measurements from Space (IWGGMS-6)

Dear colleagues in the greenhouse gas remote sensing community,

  The GOSAT Team, which is a cooperative partnership of National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Ministry of the Environment (MOE), cordially invites you to the sixth International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Measurement from Space (IWGGMS-6). This event will take place from January 26 through 27, 2010 at the Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan. We are now soliciting presentation proposals for this meeting.

  The goal of this workshop is to assess the latest science and technologies in spaceborne measurement of greenhouse gases. In addition to the results of ongoing activities in this community, the workshop will address new scientific findings obtained from the current missions (GOSAT, AIRS, SCIAMACHY, TES, and IASI) as well as the concepts of the next-generation remote-sensing missions which are under preparation (OCO reflight, A-SCOPE, ASCENDS, etc.). Research topics that are central to successful remote sensing, which include instrument calibration, data retrieval algorithm development, and data validation, are covered in the program.

Workshop setup:
The workshop will be organized around a series of invited oral presentations and contributed poster sessions. The presentations will address topics including:

Ongoing greenhouse gas monitoring missions

Future greenhouse gas observation strategies

Instrument calibration and data validation

Retrieval algorithms

Inverse estimation and other applications to assign the sources and sinks

Data applications to other scientific issues

"6th IWGGMS Agenda" is available.--IWGGMS-6 AgendaPDF(This was corrected on January 15, 2010.)

Abstract submission information:
The abstract submission process is twofold:

1. Presentation proposal submission (Due: November 30, 2009)
Notify us of your intent of presentation by submitting the following:

Title of your presentation

List of authors and their affiliations

(Presentation preference (normally poster, oral will be negotiable))

First author�fs contact information.

2. Abstract submission (Due: December 18, 2009)
Your abstract should contain the title of your presentation and the names of the authors followed by their affiliations and e-mail addresses. The length of the abstract text should be less than 300 words.

All presentation proposals and abstracts should be prepared in English using an e-mail editor or Microsoft Word and sent via e-mail to .

The deadline for abstract submission has passed.

There are no registration charges for this meeting, however, the participants are asked to register by January 15, 2010 so we may prepare your seat in the venue. Please inform us of your attendance by sending an e-mail to .

The workshop participants are requested to arrange their own accommodations. A list of local hotels will be provided in the next announcement.

Traveling directions:
The Kyoto International Conference Center is easily accessed from Kansai International Airport (KIX) by taking JR airport express train Haruka leaving for Kyoto Station (approximately 75 minutes). Participants entering Japan through Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) may take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line (super-express train) departing Tokyo Station for Kyoto Station (approximately 3 hours). The conference venue can be reached from Kyoto Station via Kyoto City Subway' s Karasuma Line (20 minutes).

Special note for a social program:
A conference dinner will be served on the last evening at the venue. All participants are invited to this special program. Prior registration is required. (Cost: about 3000 yen)

Further information:
The workshop agenda and other information will be posted at
For more information on the venue, please visit their website at

Tatsuya Yokota (National Institute for Environmental Studies)
Masakatsu Nakajima (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Ryoichi Imasu (Center for Climate System Research, University of Tokyo)

Contact information:
IWGGMS-6 meetings coordinator
GOSAT Project Office
Center for Global Environmental Research
National Institute for Environmental Studies
16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan 305-8506
Phone: +81-29-850-2550
Fax: +81-29-850-2219