From 20 March 2017 to 1 February 2018 I am staying at the Aalborg University Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic (AAU-CIRCLA) in the Kingdom of Denmark, thanks to the support given to me under the ArCS’ program for overseas visits by young researchers (See photos 1, 2 and 3).
Mooring observations in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow) locating in the northernmost Alaska were conducted in the period from early to mid-August 2017. Such observations have been carried out since 2009 under a cooperation between Hokkaido University and University of Alaska Fairbanks with the support from local science institutions.
The third ArCS council meeting was held on Monday, 4th December 2017 at JAMSTEC Tokyo Office in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
From November 20 to 22, the meeting entitled ‘Recent Mass Loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet – Mechanism and Evaluation’ was held at the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.
Now, I am in Netherland, Dr. Maarten J.J.E. Loonen's Laboratory at University of Groningen for nine months. This summer I stayed in Spitsbergen Island, Norway, with Dr. Loonen and the member of his team for two months.
A regular meeting of Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), which is one of six working groups of the Arctic Council, was held at Inari in Finland from 21st-22nd September 2017.
During this summer‘s cruise of the Japanese research vessel R/V Mirai extra radiosondes have been launched as a contribution to YOPP. As part of the Japanese research project Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS), extra radiosondes were launched every six hours over the ice-free Chukchi Sea during September 2017 aboard the R/V Mirai (Figure 1, 2.)
The Expert Group on Black Carbon and Methane (EGBCM) held its 4th meeting in Helsinki, Finland on October 3-4. 2017. A summary of this meeting is given below.
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) 31st Working Group meeting was held between September 12-14 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Eight Arctic States (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and US), three of six AC permanent participants (indigenous peoples’ organizations; ICC, AAC, and Saami Council), six AC observer countries (France, Germany, Italy, Japan Netherlands, and Rep. Korea), and related organizations such as PAME, CAFF, Arctic Economic Council, European Commission, IASC, and ICES, participated in this meeting.