EU-Japan Ad-Hoc Workshop on
September 17-19, 2002,Yokohama
Suryachandra A. Rao ( Researcher, Climate
Variations Research Program, FRSGC )
|Participants of the Workshop (photo
by S. Behera).
The EU-Japan Ad-Hoc Workshop on Climate Modeling
was held at the Institute for Global Change Research (IGCR), the
main research site of the Frontier Resrach System for Global Change
(FRSGC) located in the campus of JAMSTEC Yokohama Institute for
Earth Sciences (YES), Japan from September 17th to 19th, 2002. The
workshop was jointly convened by senior researchers from both Japan
This workshop started with welcome address by
T. Matsuno, the Director-General of FRSGC. During the first day
of the workshop, there were 16 talks by researchers from both EU
and Japan under three different sessions. In these talks, the researchers
highlighted three important issues; scientific background of the
modeling effort, modeling scenario in the Earth Simulator (currently
the fastest vector parallel computer in the world) and future modeling
studies. These presentations were well received by the audience
of about 33.
|Discussion on identification of the themes for
During the second day of the workshop, research
themes for the successful collaboration between EU and Japan were
discussed. Researchers identified several important themes for the
collaboration: Monsoon, El Nino and Southern Oscillation (ENSO),
Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), teleconnections of both IOD and ENSO,
intra-seasonal disturbances and scale interactions, ocean data assimilation
and seasonal forecast. Those themes will be addressed by conducting
high-resolution coupled General Circulations Model (GCM) experiments
on the Earth Simulator.
Specific issues related to the successful collaboration
were discussed on the third day of the workshop. Paris (France)
has been decided as the next venue for the forthcoming EU-Japan
meeting. The three day workshop was adjourned by T. Yamagata, the
program director of Climate Variations Research Program of FRSGC,
with his closing remarks.
Research Revolution 2002 (RR2002)" is carried out under
the control of the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology) as a 5-year plan since this
fiscal year. In a project named "Sustainable Coexistence
of Human, Nature, and the Earth" of RR2002, AESTO has
been developing system utilities and data management infrastructures
to share and to utilize distributed observation database.
By this development, it is also expected
to contribute to the acceleration of the research activities
and the improvement of the quality of the analyzed data.