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e-mail Magazine : RCAST NAVI

RCAST NAVI 2015/09


  2015 September

[Press Release]
  July 30
  Interdecadal Modulation of Summer Monsoon in Japanese Costal Waters
  - The Pacific-Japan Pattern Correlates with Rice Yields and Typhoons -

  A joint research team of Dr. Hisayuki Kubota, Department of Coupled
  Ocean-Atmosphere-Land Processes Research (DCOP) at the Japan Agency for
  Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) with Prof. Yu Kosaka,
  Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at The University of
  Tokyo, and Prof. Shang-Ping Xie, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at
  University of California defined the Pacific-Japan (PJ) pattern, a
  dominant pattern of interannual variability for the Western North
  Pacific and East Asian summer monsoons, by digging out and examining
  atmospheric pressure data over 117 years from 1897 to 2013.

  This long-term modulation revealed that the PJ index is correlated with
  climate variables including air temperature precipitation, Japanese rice
  yield, Yangtze River flow, and the occurrence of tropical cyclones in
  Taiwan and Okinawa region. The relationship between PJ index and El
  Nino-Southern Oscillation was modulated on interdecadal timescale,
  which influences correlation with climate variables in interdecadal
  timescale. These study results will contribute to seasonal forecast in
  Japan and East Asia summer, especially for climate factors such as
  typhoons, extreme hot and cool summer, which affect significantly
  people's lives and agriculture.

  Press release

*On the 11th of September, eight students from Munich University, Germany,
  visited RCAST. This year, we presented the following three laboratories'
  research activities for this program: Kanzaki Lab (Intelligent Cooperative
  Systems), Iwabuchi Lab (Assistive Infomation Technology), Segawa Lab
  (Energy and Environment). Those are related to the wide variety of the
  students' research fields such as physics, medicine, information science,
  teacher-training course. The University of Tokyo and Ludwig-Maximilians-
  University of Munich have concluded the agreement on scientific,
  educational and cultural cooperation since 1997. Since then, students of
  the Munich University have visited Japan in the almost every summer for
  interchanging with the students of liberal arts at the University of
  Tokyo learning German.

*Project professor Shuichi Inada (Networks and Mobile Systems) was featured
  in the Going Business (Harvard business Review).

*Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama (System Biology and Medicine) contributed a
  comment to the Yahoo! News.

*Professor Hiroyuki Morikawa (Networks and Mobile Systems) was featured in
  the business+IT (SB creative corp.).

*Professor Hisashi Nakamura (Climate Science Research) appeared on Close-up
  Gendai (NHK) on 8 Sep.

*Synthetic biology. Volume 2 (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  Maxim Ryadnov ; Luc Brunsveld ; Hiroaki Suga


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