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Japan Will Launch a Satellite to Study Global Warming

Japan announced that they will launch a satellite in 2013, together with the European Space Agency, to study the clouds and try to predict accurately the progress of global warming.

It is expected that the EarthCARE satellite increased its accuracy of predictions of global warming, such as increases in temperature, which would help create measures against climate change. This was according to the Aerospace Exploration Agency of Japan.

The clouds have been the major obstacle for scientists in predicting global warming, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations Organization (UNO). 

Equipped with four radar sensors and a special profile, this is a key component of the vehicle to be developed in Japan. The EarthCARE satellite examines the dust and dirt inside the clouds and atmosphere.

The Japanese space agency said the satellite will improve weather forecasts by examining the vertical profiles of clouds and aerosols, and radiation at the top of the atmosphere.