SKYNET is a research group of sky radiometer users who formed in the early 2000s, when there was high demand for validation measurements from the Earth’s surface for the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-II (ADEOS-II) Global Imager project. It became recognised internationally during the East Asian Regional Experiment 2005, conducted as part of the UNEP Atmospheric Brown Cloud project. During the campaign, sky radiometers were deployed at several sites over East Asia as a ground-based aerosol observation network. Since then, users of sky radiometers and the SKYNET observation sites have continued to increase worldwide. Many observational studies of aerosols have been conducted to improve knowledge of aerosol optical properties, and to evaluate aerosol climate effects accurately.
This is a Regional SKYNET Data Center (RSDC) providing research products as well as standard products retrieved using the SR-CEReS algorithm developed by Chiba University. More standard products are available at the International SKYNET Data Center (ISDC).