About ArCS II

In June 2020, the ‘Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II), the project funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan (MEXT), has been launched. The Project is jointly managed by the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and Hokkaido University (Hokkaido Univ.).

This project contributes to "Research and Development," "International Cooperation," and "Sustainable Use", mentioned in "Japan's Arctic Policy," as well as to “the solution for global challenges on a wide range of international cooperation as a main player in the discussion on the Arctic” described in the Third Basic Plan on Ocean Policy, and thus to initiatively provide essential knowledge toward the realization of a sustainable society based on SDGs.

Toward a sustainable Arctic, ArCS II will promote advanced observation of Arctic environmental change and its process, improve weather and climate prediction, assess environmental change in the Arctic and its impact on society, implement the research achievement in the society, and provide local and global stakeholders with scientific knowledge that is the basis of legal and policy responses for the formation of international rules in the Arctic.

ArCS II project booklet (PDF)

Project Period: June 2020 - March 2025
Representative Institute: National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
Deputy Representative Institutes:
 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC),
 Hokkaido University (Hokkaido Univ.)

Project Headquarters

- Project Director (PD): Hiroyuki Enomoto (NIPR)
- Sub-Project Directors (SPD): Hiroshi Miyaoka (NIPR), Takashi Kikuchi (JAMSTEC), Yasushi Fukamachi (Hokkaido Univ.)
- Research Directors: Teruo Aoki (NIPR), Hiroyasu Hasumi (JAMSTEC), Shin Sugiyama (Hokkaido Univ.), Kentaro Nishimoto (NIPR)