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Research Institute for Global Change

Climate Variation Predictictability and Applicability Research Program

Our everyday life and socio-economic activities are strongly affected by natural variability in the ocean and atmosphere, such as short-term climate variations, including El Nino and Indian Ocean Dipole events, significant seasonal variability associated with the Asian monsoon, and variations of the Kuroshio Current south of Japan. We explore mechanisms of such climate and ocean variability over time periods ranging from months to years, and conduct experimental predictions, using numerical models with various complexities, to improve prediction skills of the variations. Validation of the predicted results and feedbacks therefrom are our fundamental and key approach to accomplish the objectives. Basic research on how to apply the predicted results to the societal benefit is also our important research theme.

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