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Reference number 6214   (Listed in Mar. 29, 2013) (Categories Agriculture, Forestry, fisheries, and Food / Environment and Energy / Information and communication / Aeronautics and Cosmology / Civil Engineering and Architecture)
Promoting the Use of Climate Prediction Information
Contents Motivated by a scientific interest in exploring the mechanism of the formation of and changes in climate, this laboratory has developed a computerized climate model that integrates data on the atmosphere, oceans, and land of the entire Earth. They have used this model to perform numerical experiments and have verified it through prediction experiments for both the near future and seasons. The results of global warming experiments based on this model have been reflected in an IPCC report. Information on factors such as atmospheric temperature, precipitation, and ocean currents that has been obtained as the result of these experiments has the potential to be useful not only to meteorological science but also to be effectively applied to various industries that affect society, such as disaster prevention, agriculture, insurance, and distribution. Needless to say, since computer calculations cannot be perfect, putting a theoretical model to practical use requires cool-headed research on and development of methods for using it that also take into account uncertainty. They are looking for partners interested in cooperating to establish linkage between this laboratory and potential users across a wide range of fields.
Climate models are a typical example of high-performance computing. Accordingly, they are very interested in the development of more accurate algorithms by using facilities such as next-generation supercomputers. The system illustrated in the following schematic diagram has been established to investigate the mechanism and predictability of climate changes. Since the calculation results have the potential to be useful to various industries that affect society, they have smoothly proceeded to pursue industry-university joint research with companies, including technology and financial companies. They look forward to hearing from companies, non-profit organizations, and local governments interested in their research.

[This proposal was translated in English by the Division of University Corporate Relations, the University of Tokyo.]
KIMOTO, Masahide, Professor
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, Division of Climate System Research
WATANABE, Masahiro, Professor
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, Division of Climate System Research


Overview of the experimental climate prediction system
This system is based around MIROC, a General Circulation Model (GCM) of the climate influencing the global atmosphere, ocean, and land; the system performs prediction experiments on the basis of initial values incorporated from observational data (assimilation).
(C) KIMOTO, Masahide
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