Organized by

Committee on Earth and Planetary Sciences
(National Committee for IASC), Science Council of Japan,
Committee on Environmental Sciences/Earth and Planetary Sciences
(National Committee for CliC), Science Council of Japan
ISAR-1 Organizing Committee

Supported by

National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
International Arctic Research Center (IARC)
Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory/Nagoya University (STEL)
Center for Computational Sciences/University of Tsukuba (CCS)

Background of the New Symposium

The Arctic and surrounding region of sub-arctic is one key area for the study of global change because the anthropogenic impact is projected to be the largest in this area due to the complicated feedback processes of the nature. This Arctic Region is undergoing strong changes in the recent years during the global warming. A number of international and interdisciplinary research projects are in progress for the studies on the atmosphere-ocean-land system of Arctic, one of such is the world-wide project of the International Polar Year (IPY) during 2007 to 2009. In order to understand the feedback processes, in which various components are interacting in the Arctic and Sub-arctic, and to project the global warming in the future, we need to exchange more knowledge and information than ever by combining the different scientific communities under the common interest of the Arctic region. We predict that the science in the Arctic region draws increasingly more attention in near future, and the proposed symposium would serve as the first step for that goal.

Several research groups located in Japan discussed the necessity of such integrated Symposium, and a new "International Symposium on the Arctic Research" will be initiated under the auspices of the IASC and CliC Subcommittee of the Science Council of Japan, with support of several Institutes and Agencies. This Symposium is planned to be held every 2-years, and the first Symposium will be held in November, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan.

Focus of the Symposium

The followings will be the general topic of discussion.

(1) Changes of the Arctic climate and sub-systems
(2) Extensive process studies on the atmosphere-ocean-land system in the Arctic
(3) Feedback embedded in the sub-systems in the Arctic
(4) Impact and feedback between the Arctic and global climate
(5) Global and regional modeling with the focus on the Arctic
(6) Influence of Arctic to the Asian climate

The area of discipline ranges from Climatology, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Cryosphere Science, Biological Science, and Hydrology. General Sessions, and Special Sessions will be provided.


The following general session will be provided. The Symposium language will be in English.

(1) Atmospheric Science
(2) Ocean and Sea Ice
(3) Hydrology, Permafrost and Snow cover
(4) Ice Sheets and Glaciers
(5) Terrestrial Ecosystem and greenhouse gas
(6) Marine Ecosystem
(7) Integrated Modeling Studies

The following special session is planned

(1) Drastic change in the Arctic under the Global Warming
(2) The latest update from the IPY (International Polar Year) Projects
(3) AFoPS (Asian Forum for Polar Sciences) Cooperative Research Network for Polar Climate Change Study

Venue and Date

Venue: Mirai-CAN Hall, Miraikan 7th Floor
The Japan Science and Technology Corporation
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
2-41, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064 Japan
Tel: +81-3-3570-9151 (Main), Fax: +81-3-3570-9150
Date: November 4 (Tuesday) to 6 (Thursday), 2008

Important Dates and Deadlines

First Circular: November 30, 2007
Second Circular: March 31, 2008
Pre-Registration and Abstract: May 31, 2008
(Deadline Extended): June 30, 2008
Third Circular: July 31, 2008
Submitting of Extended Abstract: August 31, 2008
Symposium: November 4-6, 2008

Call for Papers

Participants wishing to present a paper/poster are requested to submit a tentative title and a short abstract with the Registration Form. The extended abstract must be submitted later before the specified deadline. Refer to the following Symposium Web Site for the updated details.