|In order to conduct process studies to examine
global change, NASDA and JAMSTEC established a joint project,
the FRSGC, in October 1997.
The FRSGC is a 20-year project that is comprised of two 10-year
phases. In 2001, 5 years after its establishment in 1997, the
project underwent an interim evaluation to report on its progress
and to indicate future directions for global change research.
In July 2004, JAMSTEC was restructured. The FRSCG became the
FRCGC, and research activities based on a new five-year mid-term
research plan commenced. As a new center, the FRCGC continues
to conduct process studies to examine global change, and will
develop models for the Earth Simulator, currently the fastest
vector parallel computer in the world; the aim is to make highly
reliable predictions of global change.
In order that it may invite a succession of eminent experts
from around the world, the FRCGC uses a flexible employment
system with limited assignment periods. One third of the 180
researchers currently working at the FRCGC are from overseas.
In March 2002, the Earth Simulator started operation at the
JAMSTEC Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences, where the FRCGC
is also located. By fully utilizing these advanced facilities
and resources, the FRCGC intends to pursue its mandate of predicting