We are very happy with the fact that of five recipients of Meteorological Society of Japan's (MSJ) Society Award and Fujiwara Award for this year, three were frontier-related scientists.
Specifically, Program Director Dr.Tetsuzo Yasunari, Hydrological Cycle Research Program (HCRP) of Frontier Research System for Global Change (FRSGC), and Hydrological Cycle Observation Program of Frontier Observation Research Program (FORSGC), and Sub-Group Leader of HCRP, FRSGC, Dr. Masanori Yamasaki both received the 2002 Fujiwara Awards. Along with the two Fujiwara Awards recipients, Dr. Shang-Ping Xie, Researcher of International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) of FRSGC, first time as the non-Japanese member, received the Society Award.
Dr. Yasunari, also serving as a Professor of University of Tsukuba, has been contributing greatly to the research of monsoon system. With the receipt of the Fujiwara Award, for the first time in Japan, he has received all three honorable awards from MSJ, namely Yamamoto-Syono Award for Outstanding Papers (1981) and the Society Award (1986). This time, his recognized achievement was under "Promotion of Asian Monsoon researches, based on GAME projects." He has contributed greatly to the execution of the International Scientific Project for the first time in Asia, and training and education of young scientists.
Dr. Yamasaki has been carrying out the research on typhoons and convection for a long time. This time, his work on "numerical experimental research on typhoons and tropical disturbances" has been recognized. His researches, based on numerical experiments on the formation and development of typhoon, using a model which directly resolve clouds, as well as development of a numerical model which implicitly treats cumulus convection, were highly appreciated. Dr. Yamasaki received the Society Award in 1972.
Dr. Xie is a co-team-leader of IPRC and an associate professor of