| Checking up on climate change
Participants included researchers from European and Japanese institutions and science policy-makers from the European Commission and Japanese ministries and agencies. Of the 80 participants, 14 were from Europe – mainly coordinators of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) projects. Discussions ranged from climate research strategy, and the carbon cycle to monsoons and Global Earth Observation.
|The "Earth Simulator", which was up to September 2004 the biggest computer of the world|
A significant result from the meeting was the production of a joint statement [60 Kb] from the two principal parties, setting out the areas covered and the subjects discussed.
Nine FP6 projects were presented: ENSEMBLES, QUANTIFY, CARBOEUROPE, CARBOOCEAN, ACCENT, SCOUT-03, NEWATER, AMMA and GEMS, together with some relevant FP5 projects, giving a comprehensive and impressive image of European activities on climate change research.
Collaborative work on climate modelling research, using the Earth Simulator facility and involving the Japanese ‘Kyousei Project 1-1 (K-1)’ group and the Hadley Centre at the UK’s Meteorological Office, was welcomed and encouraged. The workshop provided a valuable forum for acknowledging the common objectives that currently exist between the Japanese climate change research programmes and the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme sub-priority on ‘Global Change and Ecosystems’. It was observed that such co-operation would help in providing concrete scientific input to the Kyoto Protocol process and post-Kyoto strategies in which both Japan and the EU are engaged.
Future research themes
Emerging research themes promising future collaboration with a view to improving the detection and projection of climate change were identified, including:
|Participants at the meeting (Yokohama, January 2005)|
- exchanges of methodologies and data on flux and other related ecological measurements
- development and implementation of experimental methods for conducting semi-enclosed ecosystem studies of ocean biogeochemical feedbacks in response to climate change and increased CO2
- biogeochemical model development (both terrestrial and oceanic), including data assimilation systems and inversion modelling activities (from the carbon cycle session)
- access to data from Japanese high-resolution global model runs for inter-comparison studies
- early discussions between European and Japanese scientists on plans for future large-scale research projects into atmospheric changes
- the roles of land surface properties and land use change on regional climates
- land surface processes in monsoons
- climate-hydrology-water resource modelling and water balance studies, with emphasis on changing hydrological regimes
- the identification of gaps in climate ground- and ocean-based observations.
The fourth EU-Japan Workshop on Climate Change Research will be held in Europe in early 2007.