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The Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) was developed for detailed observation of the Earth's surface and frequent monitoring of global environmental changes, using high-resolution optical (visible and near infrared push-broom) and active microwave sensors (L-band synthetic aperture radar). ALOS has four mission objectives: cartography, regional observations, disaster observations, and resource exploration. It has been operational since its launch in January 24, 2006, and is acquiring a large amount of land-surface data supported by the Ka-band intersatellite communication system that downlinks to ground receiving stations. A global systematic acquisition strategy is implemented for all three sensors to enable consistent data collection over all land areas on a repetitive basis. Through its three sensors, acquisition strategy, and communication infrastructure, the ALOS mission is aimed to contribute to monitoring water, carbon, and global climate change. In this paper, we describe ALOS and its contribution to global environmental monitoring.