Symposium on Indo-Pacific Climate, March 6-7, Tokyo

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Dr. Yamagata, ProgramDirector,
presenting a summary

The FRSGC hold "Symposium on Indo-Pacific Climate (SIPC)"on March 6 - 7 at Shiba Park Hotel, Tokyo, under the auspices of Nippon Foundation, STA, MSJ and OSJ.

The SIPC was the first international meeting of this scale held under the theme of Indo- Pacific climate.It was a magnificently comprehensive set of talks, covering climate variability in the Indo-Pacific region as well as monsoon and southern ocean variability.Leading scientists in this field from all over the world got together in this meeting held in Tokyo.

On March 6 ,the SIPC was opened with a large number of audiences to hear the latest progress made in this field.It was obvious that the Indian Ocean is receiving increasing attention.

Mr.T.Hirano, President of JAMSTEC, delivered a welcome address.Then Dr.T.Matsuno, Director General, FRSGC, gave an opening address. It was followed by two keynote speeches;"Model assessment of decadal variability and trends in the Pacific Ocean"by Dr.S.Manabe, FRSGC,and "Sustained observation of the Indian Ocean: Application for research and socio-economic benefits" by Dr.G.Meyers, CSIRO.
Four sessions followed;
  • Fisrt Session¡§Indian Ocean Climate
  • Second Session¡§Southern Ocean Variability
  • Third Session¡§Air-Sea interaction in the Western Pacific Ocean
  • Fourth Session¡§Monsoon Dynamics
The SIPC was co-chaired by Prof.T.Yamagata, FRSGC, Drs.G.Meyers, CSIRO, Australia, P.Delecluse, LODYC, France, and A.Navarra, IMGA- CNR, Italy/EU. Many scientists from other countries also participate in the SIPC- - - from China, India, Korea, UK and USA.We had a number of speakers from institutes and universities in Japan as well.

March 6 - 7 were really exciting two days for all the participants. The SIPC not only gave information on the research conducted in each country but also helped scientists to plan some more work in the area. It could give a great deal of benefit to the participants being able to talk with people who had a specialty in their respective field.