Appointment of Dr. Tatsushi Tokioka as Director of
the Global Warming Research Program,
Frontier Research System for Global Change



2 April 2003
Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC)
National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA)


On 2 April 2003, Dr. Tatsushi Tokioka was appointed Director of the Global Warming Research Program, of the Frontier Research System for Global Change (a joint project of NASDA and JAMSTEC).

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Dr. Tokioka joined the Japan Meteorological Agency, where his research focused on weather forecasting and climate variation. He then served in various important positions, including Head of the Office of Climate-Related Matters and Director of the Sendai District Meteorological Observatory. Until 1 April 2003, he was President of the Meteorological College. One example of his many notable research achievements is the development of an atmospheric general circulation model (AGCM). He served in an international role on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The appointment of Dr. Tokioka should stimulate research activity, not only in the Global Warming Research Program, but also in the Frontier Research System for Global Change as a whole.



Background

Dr. Taroh Matsuno, Director-General of FRSGC and Director of the Integrated Modeling Research Program, has also served as Director of the Global Warming Research Program since November 2001, following the return of Dr. Shukuro Manabe to the United States in November 2001 after serving as director of the program since its establishment in 1997. The program consists of three projects: the Global Warming Project, the Carbon Cycle Project, and the Paleoclimate Project. The program is dedicated to research into understanding and predicting global warming by elucidating the physical and chemical processes that lead to climate change, and to the development of various climate models.


Contacts

- Frontier Research System for Global Change Eri Ota (Ms.)
TEL: +81+45-778-5687
- Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC)
Public Relations, Training, and Education Division of Administration Department
TEL: +81-46-867-9066
URL: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/
- National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA)
Public Relations Office
TEL: +81+3-3438-6107,6108,6109
URL: http://www.nasda.go.jp/


Biography of Dr. Tatsushi Tokioka