About " Project for Sustainable Coexistence of Human, Nature, and the Earth"
The Project has been Completed by the end of March 2007.
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) launched a new research initiative " Project for Sustainable Coexistence of Human, Nature, and the Earth." The period of the Project is 5 years starting from Fiscal Year 2002.

The new initiative was born as part of the new movement of the Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi's Administration in the Science and Technology sector. Namely, it is included in the larger new initiative of the MEXT named "Research Revolution 2002 (RR2002)" by which research and development will be accelerated in five importance areas responding to current social needs; 1) life science, 2) information technology, 3) environment, 4) nano-technology/material science, and 5) reduction of natural disasters. They are designated at the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office as the government's policy except for the last one which is particular to the council for Science and Technology.

As part of the new projects of "RR2002", in "Environment" area, "Project for Sustainable Coexistence of Human, Nature, and the Earth" was launched with the following missions.
  1. "Japan Model" mission; for global warming prediction in order to contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Forth Assessment in 2007. For this end, more reliable climate models will be developed. For improving various individual processes included in the models, a variety of researches (including field observations) by experts in universities shall be promoted systematically.
  2. Water Cycle Prediction mission; in order to found the basis of season to year prediction of the state of water resources in the Asian monsoon region by enhancing our understanding of land hydrological processes and developing prediction models.

In addition to the above two missions, the project requests construction of climate data base in order to meet the requirements from the two missions.

As seen in the table below, the subjects no. 2 and 7 were selected to be carried out at FRCGC. In addition to these, the sub-theme of subject No. 1 "Development of high resolution coupled atmosphere-ocean global circulation model" will be carried out at FRCGC as well.

Furthermore, from April 2004, the sub-theme of subject No. 3 conducted by Dr. Hibiya and the sub-theme of subject 5 have been carried out at FRSGC.

For detailed description of the subjects carried out at FRCGC, please click the subject titles.

Research Project Accepted by MEXT

Subject
No.
Subject Implementing Institute Principal Investigator
1 Development of high resolution coupled atmosphere-ocean global circulation model Center for Climate System Research,
University of Tokyo
A, Sumi
1 Same as Above Central Research Institute for Electric Power Industry Y. Maruyama
2 Development of integrated earth system model for global warming prediction JAMSTEC
(FRCGC)
T. Matsuno
3 Advanced Parameterization of Physical Processes (Atmosphere and Ocean) Institute of Industrial Science and Technology,
University of Tokyo
Y. Yasuoka
3 Same as above Graduate School of Science
University of Tokyo
T. Hibiya
4 Development of high-resolution atmosphere models AESTO collaborating with Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) A. Noda
(MRI)
5 Advanced Prediction System and Counter Measures of Regional and Meso-scale Water Cycle Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Co. collaborating with universities H. Ueda
(Kyoto University)
6 Development of models for water resources prediction and management Yamanashi University K. Takeuchi
7 Development of 4-D data assimilation system and construction of data base for climate research JAMSTEC
(FRCGC)
T. Awaji