Welcoming Remarks

  The Arctic environment is changing drastically due to the intensified warming in this region brought about by the interaction of components such as the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and land surface conditions. In order to understand the feedback processes between these various components in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, and to make projections for the future, we need to exchange more knowledge and information than ever before, by combining different scientific communities sharing common interests.

  This Symposium will be directed to detecting and clarifying the recent changes in this region, and to understanding the essential processes behind them, and to search for their global influence. It will also aim to envision the future through further scientific discussions, and to enhance further national and international cooperation and collaboration, including those between Arctic and non-Arctic countries. Discussion will also be included on the direction and expected outcomes of the Green Network of Excellence (GRENE) Arctic Climate Research Project in Japan.

ISAR-1("Drastic Change under the Global Warming") was successfully held from November 4 to 6, 2008, followed by ISAR-2("Arctic System in a Changing Earth), from December 6 to 9, 2010 both in Tokyo.

   We have now planned ISAR-3, including a number of topics under the theme gDetecting the change in the Arctic system and searching the global influence.h It will be held from January 14 to 17, 2013, in Tokyo. We would like to invite you to attend ISAR-3, which will be launched under the auspices of the National Committee of IASC of the Science Council of Japan and the Japan Consortium for Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR), with the cooperation of several institutions and agencies.

The Symposium language is English.

Chair and co-chair of Symposium Organizing Committee
Atsuko SUGIMOTO, Hokkaido University (Chair of the Japan National
Committee for IASC)