Climate Research: Breaking through Difficulties
---- Dr. Syukuro Manabe's Farewell Lecture and Interview ---

Photograph of Dr. Manabe

On Friday, 26 October 2001, a solo lecture and interview given by Dr. Syukuro Manabe, the Program Director of the FRSGC Global Warming Research Program, was held at Sunflower Hall in the Prince Hotel in Shiba, Tokyo.

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The FRSGC hosted this lecture and interview as Dr. Syukuro Manabe's formal farewell lecture and interview, since he left the FRSGC in November to return to the USA. The event was attended by a capacity audience of some 400 people, including not only those associated with the FRSGC, but also members of the general public and the media, amongst others.

In the first half of the day, Dr. Manabe delivered a lecture summarizing the climate research he has conducted over recent years. In the afternoon session, Dr. Taro Matsuno, the Director-General of the FRSGC, interviewed Dr. Manabe and we heard fascinating stories from his past and to the present. Starting with his student days, Dr. Manabe spoke about how he began researching climate variation, his reasons for moving to the USA after graduating, his life as a researcher in the USA, and his launch into global warming prediction research.

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Several times during the interview, he had the audience in stitches with his entertaining stories, and before we knew it, the 3 hours were over, with many audiences expressing how they would have liked to hear more.

A video and CD-ROM of the event are intended to be stocked both in the reference room of the JAMSTEC Yokohama Institute of Earth Sciences and in the Frontier Joint Promotion Office and made available for borrowing.

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Dr. Manabe, See you again in Yokohama!

Dr. Syukuro Manabe left the position of the Program Director of the Global Warming Research Program on 30th November 2001 and went back to the United States to join the Atmosphere and Ocean Program of the Department of Geosciences, Prinston University as a visiting professor.

He became the Program Director of the FRSGC at its starting date as one of very few full-time staffs at that time. Since then, he has dedicated four years to bring up this newly born FRSGC to the present state, not only in science but also in management of the FRSGC through giving us advises based on his experiences at GFDL/NOAA, a world-wide Center of Excellence. But, the most important thing was that he gave us all FRSGC researchers strong moral support and encouragement, simply by being with us: The initiator of the field of "climate modeling research" and also the pioneer and the world's top leader of the global warming research was actually the leader and a colleague of ours. It is invaluable for the FRSGC to have high reputation both in Japan and in the world.

Dr. Manabe decided to quit his position for his strong belief that the global warming research in the Earth Simulator era must be led by a younger leader in order to fully exploit the Earth Simulation's gigantic power. However, he kindly accepted to work as an advisor and promised to visit us a few-times a year. So, instead of "Sayonara", we would say "Dr. Manabe, See you again in Yokohama!"

(Dr.Taroh Matsuno, Director-General, FRSGC)

Introduction of the Business of ESTO


Support for researches using earth observation satellite data

Earth Science and Technology Organization (ESTO) has supported researches using earth observation satellite data in the Frontier Research System for Global Change and Frontier Observatioin Research System for Global Change since this year, under the authorization of National Space and Development Agency of Japan (NASDA).

Currently, we have carried out collecting information about satellite data sets and requests from researchers using satellite data. As for the satellite data owned by NASDA, we give introductory information, support data use promotion semi-nar, and accept an application for obtaining the data.

ESTO also has made maintenance for servers and satellite data analysis system which was introduced in the Ecosystem Change Research Program to enhance researches using the satellite data.


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