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Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research

Cloud, precipitation, and radiation modeling research
Extreme weather event modeling research
Global cloud-resolving modeling research
Land surface and regional climate modeling research

We aim to generate and provide seamless environmental prediction information ranging from localized heavy rain to global environmental change.

We have been increasingly feeling the abnormality of daily weather in recent years: severe natural disasters, caused by unprecedented torrential rain and strong winds, have been occurring frequently, as well as extreme weather events such as heat waves (on the one hand,) and heavy snowfall (on the other hand).

It has been pointed out that part of these changes in weather and climate may be attributed to the global environmental change such as global warming. It is not easy, however, to predict the extreme events that have never been observed in the past and to prepare for disasters and changes in daily life.

We, the Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research, address the research and development on atmosphere-ocean coupled global cloud-system-resolving model that can predict events on extensive spatiotemporal scales ranging from cloud system causing localized torrential rain, to El NiƱo phenomena affecting global extreme weather events. We also address the research and development on downscaling technology to generate future projection information about finer-scale local climate change.

Furthermore, we aim to establish a platform for generating and providing seamless environmental prediction information, which would quickly meet the needs of current and future societies, through verifying and upgrading the prediction model systems using observational data and elementary process resolving models. It is also important to elucidate the cloud-precipitation process with multiple structure, which potentially plays a key role to improve reliability in prediction.

Shingo Watanabe
Director, Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research

2016/12/01
FY2017 Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher
2016/10/24
FY2017 [Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research] Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist B
2016/09/30
Workshop on Global Precipitation System 2016 "Diversity and Future Outlook of Weather and Climate Models" (11/28-11/29)
2016/07/14
FY2017 [Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research] Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist
2015/05/15
FY2015 [Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research] Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist
2015/01/20
Demonstrated Possibility of Predicting Typhoon Genesis Two Weeks in Advance
- First Step Toward Realization of Typhoon Projection -
2014/11/20
FY2015 Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research HPCI Strategic Program for Innovation Research Field3 Recruitment of Project Scientists/Project Technical Scientist/Postdoctoral Researchers
2014/11/07
FY2015 [Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research] Recruitment of Project Engineer
2014/06/19
Workshop on Tropical Precipitation Systems 2014
2014/04/01
Department of Seamless Environmental Prediction Research website has been launched.