We have participated since last year in East Greenland Ice-Core Project (EGRIP), which aims to retrieve an ice core from Greenland Ice Sheet for better understanding of dynamics of the ice sheet and climate in Greenland. This project is jointly conducted by several nations, and 7 persons are involved from Japan in 2017 (a report is in 2016 available here). I have been staying on the ice sheet since June and will stay until August to analyze microstructure of the ice core and to sample snow and aerosol near the camp.
Several countries are conducting many kinds of observations on the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) to understand the complicate processes of losing mass of the GrIS under Global Warming. Japan had set an observation site on the northwestern GrIS on June in 2012 by collaborative expedition with Meteorological Research Institute, National Institute of Polar Research, Hokkaido University and so on.
On May 24, I attended the meeting “Future Arctic”, held at Forêt Montmorency of the Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, to gather the information of the research strategy of each country and to construct the framework of international collaborations mainly with Canada.
The regular meeting of the Sustainable Development Working Group, one of the six working groups in the Arctic Council, was held at Kotzebue in Alaska, United States from February 7th to 8th, 2017.
From July 22-August 17, 2016, I visited the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), with funding from the ArCS’ program for overseas visits by young researchers.
Arctic Challenge for Sustainability project (ArCS) held a public seminar on Saturday, 18th March 2017 at Seiryo-kaikan Hall, Nagatacho. There were 158 audiences including scientists, company workers and students.
ArCS project’s 2016 2nd plenary meeting was held at Miyoshi Memorial Auditorium and foyer, JAMSTEC Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences on Tuesday, 7th March 2016. The said event was attended by around 90 participants.
We are just finishing up an intensive observation campaign named “Arctic Clouds, Aerosols, and Radiation Experiment 2017 (Arctic-CARE 2017)” in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. We have started packing of our instruments this week.
“The Open Seminar on the Northern Sea Route from the Latest Arctic Research Works” was held on March 10th, 2017 in Tokyo jointly hosted by ArCS and the Japan Arctic Research Network Center (J-ARC Net).