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Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC)

Benefiting the whole world through research and development aimed at understanding the current status of global environmental change and predicting the future

To contribute to the resolution of global issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, and plastic pollution, we will lead international projects to conduct integrated research on oceans at all depths and on the close interactions of oceans with the atmosphere and land masses. We will apply the data obtained from this research to formulate both short-term seasonal predictions and mid- to long-term predictions covering centuries.

We will actively disseminate our research results through international frameworks such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Arctic Council (AC). We will contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 13 (climate action) and Goal 14 (life below water), as well as Japanese government policies.

Local Lockdowns Brought Fast Global Ozone Reductions, NASA Finds
- JAMSTEC scientists authored a paper in Science Advances
World's First Measurements of Pacific Sleeper Shark Swimming Speed and Population Density Giant Deep-Sea Sharks of Suruga Bay are the World's Slowest Swimmers
Discovery of a Colossal “Yokozuna” Slickhead:
An Active-Swimming Top Predator in the Deep Waters of Suruga Bay
Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Riverine Heat on Declining Arctic Sea Ice and Atmospheric Warming: Increasing Riverine Heat Triggers the Arctic Warming
Major Reduction in Black Carbon Emissions from China Over the Past Decade – A revision of the emission inputs to IPCC climate models is needed
Dr. Yugo Kanaya was honored with the 2019 Horiuchi Award of the Meteorological Society of Japan
Smaller Cumulonimbus Cloud Ensembles in the Tropics Due to Global Warming: Do Clouds Exacerbate Warming?
Understanding Tidal control on Flow through the Seto Inland Sea
—Possible determination of eastward or westward flow—
Is the Reduction of Arctic Ocean Sea Ice Changing the Nitrogen Cycle?
—Potential Impacts on the Marine Ecosystem and Marine Resources—
Variability in the number of intense tropical cyclones during extreme El Niño events
- The importance of predicting internal atmospheric variability in seasonal tropical cyclone forecasts -
Air pollution causes high iron solubility in anthropogenic aerosols during atmospheric transport: Iron fertilization of the open ocean

Naomi Harada
Director-General, Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC)