Report of FRSGC/FORSGC Annual Symposium 2004
On 23-24 March 2004, Frontier Research System for Global Change (FRSGC) and Frontier Observational Research System for Global Change (FORSGC) jointly held the Annual Symposium 2004 at Miyoshi Memorial Auditorium, JAMSTEC Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences. Based upon the results of the questionnaires of our past annual symposiums, the symposium this year had divided into two to make each of them more substantial and productive; one for public (ended 14 January 2004) and the other for researchers. This Symposium was about the latter one, and it aimed to promote the further cross-cutting understandings on research accomplishments among researchers of FRSGC/FORSGC by providing a place to exchange information, and to discuss the direction of our future research plans after the JAMSTEC’s transformation to an independent administrative institute from 1 April 2004.
After the opening remarks by Dr. Taroh Matsuno, Director-General of FRSGC, Dr. Nobuo Suginohara, Director-General of FORSGC, and a guest lecture by Dr. Kunihiko Watanabe, Program Director of Earth Simulator Center (ESC), all research programs within FRSGC and FORSGC including International Arctic Research Center and International Pacific Research Center presented their research accomplishments in FY2003.

Since this Symposium had intended especially for the FRSGC and FORSGC researchers, advertisement activities had not been conducted so extensively. However, more than 100 participants including not only FRSGC/FORSGC researchers but also many participants outside JAMSTEC, such as Meteorological Research Institute, Communications Research Laboratory, etc., joined the Symposium, and had actively exchanges of opinions among them.
Taroh Matsuno, Director-General, FRSGC Nobuo Suginohara, Director-General, FORSGC
Finally, Hajime Kinoshita, Executive Director of JAMSTEC, made a closing remark, reaffirmed the importance of further promotion of research activities by both Frontiers after the transformation into the new agency, and the Symposium this year was successfully adjourned.

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