"Laboratory System" was installed aside from static research sections, in order to perform research projects in a flexible and prompt manner.
One of the Labs is called "Laboratory for Earth Systems Science" which is to approach the earth system in a systematic and scientific way of integrated research area.
The other is "Application Laboratory" which aims for achieving innovation by mutual stimulation and continuous alignment between research and society.
With both Labs, JAMSTEC is promoting its state-of-the-art research development.
Laboratory for Earth Systems Science
"Precambrian Ecosystem Laboratory Unit" is the first laboratory for Earth-Life Systems established in JAMSTEC. This lab is devoted to investigate evolution of Earth-Life in the first 4 billion years (Precambrian Eon) since the birth of Earth in this universe. Many peoples imagine that the long Eon is just for the birth of the Earth, the Ocean and the Continent, the origin of life and the early evolution of very primitive life forms, and for the preparation of subsequent dynamic evolution of Earth-Life system. It may be untrue, but the time should have been the most dynamic co-evolution stage of Earth-Life and should have hosted the intracellular energy revolution of life forms. We can say it "Precambrian Explosion of Energy Metabolisms" toward so-called “Cambrian Explosion". To clarify the whole story of co-evolution of Earth-Life in the Precambrian Eon, interdisciplinary research initiative integrating different aspects of sciences such as geology, geochemistry, paleontology, microbiology and molecular biology is crucial. "Precambrian Ecosystem Laboratory" in JAMSTEC will be the center of excellence in Japan and will make a way to a new science field.
Application Laboratory aims for realizing the innovation by mutual enlightenment and continuous alignment of research initiatives and societal needs.
The lab promotes: 1) introduction of "climate variations application lab unit" for applied researches related to climate variation prediction, ocean current prediction and delivery/validation of prediction information on the basis of a revolutionary observation, prediction, and verification system, 2) delivery/validation of weather forecast, applied information in the tropical regions and East Asia by developing a global cloud-resolving atmospheric model, and 3) delivery/validation of chemical composition variation prediction and its applied information by use of, for example, a tropospheric ozone diffusion model.