Press Release

  This press release is issued by NASDA.


IGOS Open Session to be held in Kyoto

October 19, 2001 (JST)

National Space Development Agency of Japan

Media representatives and members of the public are invited to the IGOS Open Session to be held in Kyoto, Japan, on November 7 (Wednesday), 2001.

Today, understanding of process in the Earth environment has gained its importance more than ever.

The enhancement of such understanding requires global observation and data collection, which is beyond the capacity of any particular government or an international organization. In 1998, Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) Partnership was formed to provide a comprehensive framework to harmonize the common interests of space and ground based systems for global observation of the Earth.

The Open Session will be held part of 8th IGOS Partnerships' Meeting, which will be held on November 8 (Thursday) following the Open Session. Youji Furuhama, Executive Director of Office of Satellite Technology, Research and Applications at NASDA acts as chair of this Meeting.

This Open Session includes the reports of programs in global observation by the responsible persons in research programs, space agencies, and the major international organizations such as "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)", in the field of ocean, carbon cycle, and atmospheric chemistry. There will also be discussion about how the global observations should be realized and conducted.

Those wishing to participate or to interview with the panelists are requested to contact us by October 31 (Wednesday), 2001.

1. Date November 7 (Wednesday), 2001 13:30~16:30
2. Venue Kyoto International Conference Hall
    Room B-2
3. Programme
(1) Keynote Speeches
  • IPCC Third Assessment Report: Further action needed for systematic observations
      Dr. Paul Mason, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • International Collaboration on Integrated Observations
      Dr. Tillmann Mohr, Director,
      European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT)
(2) Status report in IGOS Themes
  • Ocean Theme
      Dr. Ghassem R. Asrar, Associate Administrator,
      National Aerospace Agency (NASA)
  • Carbon Theme
      Dr. Berrien Moore III, Chairman,
      International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
  • Atmospheric Chemistry Theme
      TBD, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
(3) Panel Discussion
Chair : Stephen Briggs, European Space Agency (ESA)
Panelist :    Paul Mason, Tillmann Mohr, Ghassem Asrar, Berrien Moore, Toshihiro Ogawa (Research Director of Earth Observation Research Center in NASDA, Honorary Professor of Tokyo University)
[Simultaneous translation from English to Japanese is available]
Please note that the program stated above is subject to change.

4. Applications should be contacted to: Onoda Masami
Satellite Program Planning Department
National Space Development Agency of Japan

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