Scope: The current six-year Japanese Antarctic Prioritized Research Project (phase IX), focusing on the “Investigation of changes in the Earth system from Antarctica,” will be terminated this year (the fiscal year 2022) by the end of the wintering-over of the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition. At the same time, a new six-year Prioritized Research Project (phase X) with the interdisciplinary scientific theme of “The future global environment system as inferred through investigating the past and present of the Antarctic” will commence. In common with phase IX, both Ordinary and Exploratory category research projects will also be conducted during phase X, along with routine and monitoring observations. The development and direction of future Antarctic research will be discussed by summarizing the results from phase IX and looking forward to new challenges and opportunities in phase X.
Conveners: Yoshifumi Nogi, Gen Hashida, Akira Sessai Yukimatu, Yuichi Aoyama, Akinori Takahashi, and Takeshi Tamura (NIPR)