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Serving as Japan’s key institution for scientific research and observation in polar regions

The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) maintains monitoring stations in Antarctica and the Arctic, and conducts comprehensive polar research based on observations. As an inter-university research institute, NIPR provides researchers throughout Japan with the necessary infrastructure for North and South Pole monitoring and observation, and works for the advancement of polar science by soliciting proposals for collaboration projects and furnishing researchers with materials and information.

Serving as a leader in implementing Antarctic monitoring programs

The Institute formulates and implements plans for observation of the Antarctic region. From the 52nd Antarctic observation onward, research and observations have been primarily focused on the theme of “Antarctic Research on Global Warming” implemented as the Institute’s eighth six-year Antarctic research program. In addition to maintaining and administering monitoring and observation stations, NIPR organizes Antarctic research expeditions, conducts various forms of training, procures the necessary supplies for monitoring programs, prepares shipment plans, and collects and stores material obtained through observations.

Serving as a leader in implementing Arctic monitoring programs

Arctic monitoring is carried out from observation bases in Svalbard, Greenland, northern Scandinavia, Iceland and elsewhere, and entails observation of the atmosphere, ice sheets, the ecosystem, the upper atmosphere, the aurora, the earth’s magnetic field and so on. In marine areas, observations of the marine ecosystem and atmosphere are carried out as well. In addition, the Institute has promoted the Green Network of Excellence (GRENE) Arctic Climate Change Project.

As a center for cultivation of researchers

In terms of university education, as a parent institute of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), NIPR accommodates a 5-year doctoral course for graduate students in the Department of Polar Science, School of Multidisciplinary Sciences and is involved in fostering promising researchers with interdisciplinary competence in a wide range of fields.

Aims of the Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS)

ROIS seeks to re-examine complex phenomena from the perspective on information and systems, in areas such as life science, the earth, the natural environment and human civilization which are fundamental to our survival and prosperity in the 21st century. By doing so, the Organization seeks to promote integrated research that transcends the boundaries of individual fields. (extract from Guide to the Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) )

The Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) was launched in April 2004.

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