Press Release


International Workshop
on the Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) to be held in Tokyo

January 21, 2004 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

   The Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) Partnership, which was established in June 1998, consists of 14 institutes including international organizations and the UN bodies. IGOS-P aims to realize efficient global observing activities by uniting both satellite and ground-based observing programs.

   Since the agreements were reached to strengthen international cooperation on global observation at the G-8 Summit in June 2003 (Evian, France) and at the Earth Observation Summit in July 2003 (Washington DC, USA), there is a growing worldwide interest in global observation. At the Earth Observation Summit, an inter-governmental working group on earth observation was set up to formulate ten-year implementation plans for structuring future earth observing systems. Possible agreements on the framework of the implementation plans at the Second Earth Observation Summit in Tokyo in April this year, and on the implementation plans at the Third Earth Observation Summit in Europe at the end of this year are now under discussion.

   Based upon these discussions, an international workshop is to be held together with IGOS Partnership organizations, international earth observing institutes (space and ocean observing bodies), related government ministries and agencies, other research organizations, and users to discuss the IGOS's ten-year implementation plan as follows:

1. Date:
February 4 (Wed.) to 6 (Fri.) 2004
2. Place:
"Heisei Plaza" at Tokyo International Exchange Center
2-79 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8630 Japan
(3-minute walk from the Yurikamome Station "Fune-no-Kagakukan")
3. Organizers:
Host: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Support: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (to be approved)
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)
Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) Partnership
Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC)
4. Program:
See the attachment
5. Participation fee:
Free of charge (,but application required)
6. Working Language:
7. Inquiries & Application to:
Remote Sensing Technology Center (RESTEC)
Mr. M. Kamei or Ms. K. Misawa
Tel:03-6221-9090 Fax:03-6221-9180
* In advance of this workshop, two other workshops, Asia Workshop on Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program and Workshop on the Satellite Utilization for Water Cycle in Asia, will be held at the same venue.


Program: International Workshop

February 4 (Wed.)
Plenary Session "Update on international and national initiatives for global observations"
13:30 - 13:40 1. Welcome Address
13:40 - 14:00 2. Keynote Presentation
14:00 - 14:20 3. International/Domestic reviews on global observing strategy
- Report on Earth Observation Summit
14:20 - 14:40 4. Responses from space organizations (CEOS)
14:40 - 16:20 5. Reports on earth observing system (GOS, GOOS, GTOS, GCOS)
16:20 - 17:00 6. Reports on international research program (WCRP, IGBP)
17:00 - 17:20 7. Report on the "Workshop on the Satellite Utilization for Water Cycle in Asia"

February 5 (Thu.)
<>< mce_serialized="2"><><>< mce_serialized="2">Working Group Session - 1     IGOS Themes Working Groups
"Review of IGOS-P Themes papers and recommendations for their implementation"
9:30 - 17:30
A. Ocean Theme
B. Carbon Cycle Theme
C. Water Cycle Theme
D. Atmospheric Chemistry Theme
E. Geo-Hazards Theme
Draft Agenda of Each Theme
1. Theme Reports
2. Activities of Related Organizations
3. Discussion for the Draft 10-year Implementation Plan and Roundup of Recommendations

February 6 (Fri.)
AM Working Group Session - 2
9:30 - 12:00 A. Coastal Areas
"Cross-cutting issues"
B. Data Integration
C. Capacity Building
Draft Agenda of Each Theme
1. Activities of Related Organizations
2. Recommendations for the Draft 10-year Implementation Plan
Plenary Session "Recommendations for IGOS implementations"
13:30 - 14:30 1. Reports from Working Groups (Each IGOS Theme)
14:30 - 14:50 2. Reports from Working Groups (cross-cutting issue)
15:10 - 16:40 Panel Discussion
"How can IGOS-P Themes best be developed?"
17:00 - 17:30 Conclusions and recommendations of the workshop
17:30 - 17:40 Closing Remarks


IGOS Partnership

   The Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership (IGOS-P) was established in 1998 by uniting the satellite observing programs and ground-based observing systems with an aim to ensure efficient global observing activities. Currently, IGOS consists of 14 international and UN bodies (see the table below). IGOS conducts excess/deficiency analysis on the existing/future observation programs and user's requirements in each theme and drafts strategic plans for the improvement of that analysis. Moreover, IGOS formulates a global observing program by adopting a theme method.
   Currently, IGOS-P is dealing with 6 themes of oceans, global carbon, global water cycle, geological/geophysical disaster, atmospheric chemistry, and coastal areas, in addition to coral reef sub working group.

Table 1. Participating Organizations in IGOS Partnership
The Committee on Earth Observation Satellite (CEOS)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of UN (FAO)
The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)
The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
Global Observation System/Global Atmospheric Watch (GOS/GAW)
The Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)
International Council for Science (ICSU)
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP)
The International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO)
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The World Climate Research Program (WCRP)
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

* Most up-to-date information on each theme of IGOS-P is available in the following IGOS-P website:

For inquiries:
JAXA Public Affairs Department
Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910