The Arctic region research project, called ArCS (Arctic Challenge for Sustainability), is a national flagship project funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and Hokkaido University are playing the key roles in this project, and will continue to carry it out for approximately four-and-a-half years from September 2015 to March 2020.
Purpose of the project
This project aims to elucidate the changes in the climate and environment, clarify their effects on human society, and provide accurate projections and environmental assessments for internal and external stakeholders so that they can make appropriate decisions on the sustainable development of the Arctic region.
Therefore, in this project, the three organizations of NIPR, JAMSTEC and Hokkaido University, cooperating with other related institutions, are providing effective and important information to stakeholders such as international organizations, domestic and foreign policy makers, and communities of indigenous peoples. This is being done by comprehensively promoting research on climate, weather, ocean environment changes, the material cycle of short-life air pollution materials, and ecosystems and biodiversity, and also by providing a data management system as well as examination from the point of view of the humanities and social sciences.
At the same time, the project maintains a base for international cooperation, carries out a capacity building program including young researchers dispatched to Arctic countries, and dispatches experts to Arctic-related international meetings.
Project Menu
Following researches and programs are carried out during the ArCS project: