Report of the 23rd General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG2003)
|The 23rd General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy
and Geophysics (IUGG2003) was held from 30 June to 11 July in Sapporo,
Japan. It was a first time that the Assembly was held in Asia, and
more than 5,000 participants from about 100 countries joined the Assembly.
IUGG is an international, academic, and cyclopedic non-profit organization
established in 1919. Its objective is to promote researches on earth
and planetary sciences and their international expansion. IUGG have
various research fields including hydrology, ocean physics and science,
interaction of atmosphere, iosphere, magnetosphere and the sun-earth,
which have very close relationships with researches conducted at Frontier
Research System for Global Change (FRSGC) and Frontier Observational
Research System for Global Change (FORSGC).
As Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC) was one of
the main sponsors of the Assembly, FRSGC and FORSGC made a active
contribution including participation of more than 100 researchers.
Furthermore, in the JAMSTEC's exhibition booth with two main themes
(Toward the Prediction of Global Change, Toward the Monitoring and
Prediction of Crustal Deformation and Related Hazards), we have introduced
our research activities under the theme of "Toward the Prediction
of Global Change" along with the Earth Simulator Center and the
Ocean Observation and Research Department. The exhibition booth was
set parallel to the sessions, and more than 50 related companies and
organizations participated to promote communication among researchers
and technicians, research development, and release of research outputs
to the world.
More than 1,000 people visited our exhibition booth. Among them, there
were many specialists, friends of FRSGC/FORSGC who already know our
research activities and researchers themselves. Moreover, we had several
offers for joint researches with other organizations, and many people
requested to have direct contacts with specific researchers. We thus
strongly felt the need for returns of research results to the society,
as well as research collaboration in many fields. Since we were able
to introduce our newest research outputs to the various specialists
from all over the world, we successfully disseminated our activities
for the further promotion of our researches.
On 2nd July, the Emperor and Empress, who were visiting Hokkaido,
joined the welcoming ceremony of the Assembly, and made a comments
in which they hope that IUGG 2003 will bring the further development
for the promotion of international research collaboration, and contribute
to progress of earth sciences. They have visited our booth for about