TOP Frontier Newsletter No.14 Mar.2001

FRSGC and FORSGC Annual Symposium

Mr.Takuya Hirano
President of JAMSTEC

Mr.Tsutomu Imamura
Director General, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

From March 21 to 23, 2001, the Frontier Research System for Global Change (FRSGC) and the Frontier Observational Research System for Global Change (FORSGC) held their Annual Symposium "Earth Environment and its Prediction in the 21st Century" at KOKUYO Hall, Tokyo.

The aim of the Symposium was to release reports on current FRSGC and FORSGC research activities to the public seeking better understanding and clues for improvement of research quality through discussion with the participants. Reflecting the growing attention to Global Change studies and recognition of FRSGC and FORSGC activities, over three hundred participants from governmental, academic and private institutions as well as the general public joined the Symposium.

On the 21st of March, the Symposium opened with addresses of Mr. Takuya Hirano, President of JAMSTEC who represented the hosting organization, and the guest. They both expressed their anticipation for further development of FRSGC's and FORSGC's research activities, and emphasized the importance of making research results public.

Dr.Taro Matsuno

Dr.Hiroshi Hotta

In the first session, Dr. Matsuno and Dr. Hotta, Directors- General of the FRSGC and the FORSGC respectively, reviewed overall researches and achievements of both Frontiers in the fiscal year 2000, followed by Directors of each Research Program illustrating objective, goals and current results of their field respectively.

In addition, a ceremony of awarding honors to researchers who have produced excellent achievements in the FY 2000, was also held on that day.

In the second session, on the 2nd and 3rd days, selected researchers of each research program, i.e. International Arctic Research Center (FRSGC and FORSGC), Integrated Modeling, Ecosystem Change, Atmospheric Composition, Global Warming, Hydrological Cycle / Hydrological Cycle Observational, Climate Variations Observational / Climate Variations,International Pacific Research Center delivered their latest research results in this order.

Winners of the FY 2000 Research Awards

At the corner of the entrance, 6 posters on researches which were highly evaluated, were displayed during the Symposium days, and explained by each researcher on the first day. Further, participants eagerly raised questions and comments, which made discussions fruitful and profitable. Their remarks also contributed to bring about better understanding for the FRSGC and the FORSGC.

Finally, the Annual Symposium 2001 spanning 3 days was adjourned by the Director-General Dr. Matsuno with his closing remarks that announced the success of the Symposium and his expectations to all researchers for their continuing challenges.