|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.
- "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
- 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
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