Innovative Program of Climate Change Projection for the 21st Century

Participation in Exhibit: the Thirteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) and the Third Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 3)


Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Frontier Research Center for Global Change

  Chie Hayashi

Bali International Convention Centre (BICC), Indonesia

  The United Nations Climate Change Conference was held at the Bali International Convention Centre (BICC) in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia from 3th to 15th December 2007. The session closed with one extra day, in hot and humid weather, with the temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, humidity 80%. According to the UNFCCC, the number of the participants was 10,828, the highest ever, with 192 Parties, as well as 413 Intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and 531Media groups. The Conference received world attention because Kyoto Protocol was on the edge of its first commitment period (2008- 2012), and the conference focused on the post-2012 period, when the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period expires. The IPCC's winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 jointly with US Vice President Al Gore also increased media interest.

Thursday, December 13th, Nobel Prize laureates Al Gore and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri returned from Norway and joined the BICC.
The US Vice President gave a speech in a side event "The climate crisis: the way forward".

  During the session, 118 exhibits were held by governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) introduced "Japan's activities of climate change projection" by Innovative Program of Climate Change Projection for the 21st Century (KAKUSHIN Program) launched in 2007. The exhibit took place from 10th to 14th December at Japan booth. Chie Hayashi of KAKUSHIN Research promoting office, FRCGC/JAMSTEC, took charge of management of the exhibit, and Dr. Hiroki Kondo, principal scientist of the FRCGC/JAMSTEC gave explanations to the visitors.
  We used a photographic image of a temple in Kyoto with our logo on the top right of the banner. Our booth was intended to convey messages of Japan's active approach to the climate change projection and continuous contribution to provide scientific knowledge. We showed simulations on a large monitor, such as "Near-term climate prediction using a high-resolution coupled ocean-atmosphere general circulation model" or "Projection of the change in future weather extremes using super-high-resolution atmospheric models", which are some of the outcomes of MEXT's Kyosei Project (FY2002-2006).
Ms. Kuriyama, MEXT (left), Ms. Hayashi, KAKUSHIN Promotion Office (center), Dr. Kondo, KAKUSHIN Secretary General (right)
  KAKUSHIN Program has been introduced at Japan Booth organized by MEXT.
Shuzo Nishioka, KAKUSHIN Program Coordinator, explains simulation outcomes.

  Dr. Shuzo Nishioka, Kakushin Program Coordinator, jointly with Dr. Kondo, handled questions from visitors. Some students from Japan or members of NGO visited the booth and asked questions with enthusiasm taking the opportunity to talk with representative scientists of Japan.
  We had many visitors everyday: government officials of Indonesia and Iraq affected by the extreme event or the global warming, a Ukrainian official who wish to utilize the simulations to improve people's understanding of climate change, IETA Canada, the press from UK, Italy, Indonesia, and many other interested people. They showed considerable concern to cutting-edge researches, which are fruits of the Earth Simulator.

Hiroki Kondo, KAKUSHIN Secretary General (FRCGC/JAMSTEC) introduces research activities to visitors.

  Amid calls for further contribution of our country, it was good opportunity to convey the message of "Japan's approach to the climate change projection" through the exhibit.

Visitors interested in the simulations.
Press from Germany shooting in front of our booth.

Miscellaneous photos

Fossil-of-the-Day Award by Climate Action Network: the ironic performance attracted attention everyday. Dutch Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning Jacqueline Cramer visits exhibit booths and actively interacts with visitors.
Many interviews were took place at the convention center. A view at the exhibition area.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
The Energy and Resources Institute(TERI) Left: Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES)
Right: National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research