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Faculty

Ocean Information Systems


On-board investigations of the Arctic sea routes
On-board investigations of the Arctic sea routes

Participation in the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition, JARE
Participation in the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition, JARE

Optimum ship routing system with the uncertainty of ice information taken into account
Optimum ship routing system with the uncertainty of ice information taken into account

Frontier of our ocean – polar seas. We are studying various aspects of the ocean covered by sea ice, to understand the nature of it, to save the environment of it, and to use it.

About 10% of the world's ocean is covered by sea ice. Sea ice is known as a sensitive indicator of climate change. It plays an important role in the global climate system and has an impact on marine ecosystem. However, our knowledge on sea ice and ice-covered seas is still limited.

With recent reduction of sea-ice area especially in the Arctic, human activities in the polar ocean such as resource development and shipping have been turning into a reality. Now we should show the way of the development by synthesizing and analyzing the various kinds of ocean information, to achieve the sustainable use of polar seas.

Our laboratory is studying the way of sea-ice prediction and role of sea ice in the climate system by numerical modeling, field observation and satellite remote sensing. Also, based on those activities, we project the way of the comprehensive management of the ocean information.




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