Review article: Priorities of global change and the development of remote sensing in Japan
A survey has been made of basic environmental problems and priorities of global change in the context of the biotic regulation of the environment. The recent history of the development of satellite remote sensing has been considered and illustrated by some results in the fields of meteorology and oceanography. Emphasis has been made on the launch of ADEOS (Midori) satellite which took place on 17 August 1996. The scientific programme and instrumentation developed for the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-II (ADEOS-II), to be launched in 1999, have been discussed in the context of previous efforts and future research in the fields of global change, with relevance to problems such as global climate change (with special emphasis on the global energy and water cycles), the global carbon cycle (respectively, marine and terrestrial biosphere dynamics), high altitude environmental dynamics, natural calamities (earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions etc.) and other environmental problems.