|In order to initiate multidisciplinary study on interactions among atmosphere, ocean, sea ice and ecosystems in Arctic region, the IARC-multidisciplinary research group in Observation Frontier Research System has been established and started its research activities from April 2000. Currently, 6 full-time scientists(Drs Shin, Kim, Uzuka, Takeuchi, Jodwalis and King), 1 full-time research assistant(Mr. Tanaka), 2 part-time scientists(Dr. Hattori and myself), 1 secretary (Ms. Le Roy) and 1 laboratory technician(Mr. Bower), totaling 11 staff members are preparing for achieving the research group mission. The major research disciplines are hydrology, material cycling, paleo-climate and atmosphere-land interaction and atmospheric chemistry. The fresh-graduated Ph.D. scientists consist of this research group.
In the latest multidisciplinary research, various information should be retrieved from our environment with cutting-edge analytical instrumentation. In order to achieve this objective, full featured analytical center is going to establish to fill analytical needs for executing observation frontier research. A mass spectrometer for stable isotope analysis of water had been installed and finished various adjustments for starting sample analysis. Currently, GC-MS gas chromatographs with FID, FPD and PDD detectors are installing by technicians from the venders. In the near future, radiocarbon-AMS, ICP-mass spectrometer, ratio mass spectrometer for biomarkers and microscopes will be introduced and place professional operators for the instrumentations. In this way, the center will be accessible widely for many international research scientists for pursuing research programs beyond observation frontier program. It will be one of important activitiesin the IARC-frontier program to contribute for developing international climatic research.