NIES Exhibition at COP19/CMP9

From Monday November 11 to Saturday November 16, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) hosted a booth at the exhibition venue of COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw, Poland. At their booth, NIES presented the broad scope of their environmental research initiatives – with an emphasis on climate change and global warming – as well as their outcomes. In particular, they introduced scenarios for low carbon societies in Asia using the Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM); outcomes of future climate simulations utilizing the global climate model MIROC5; global carbon flux simulations using GHG monitoring data obtained from the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (Ibuki, GOSAT); the latest status of the successor machine GOSAT-2; and global warming research conducted under the Environmental Research and Technology Development Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.

Despite the frantic efforts of delegates representing countries from throughout the world, many took advantage of the opportunity to visit the NIES booth and pick up our exhibition materials and data. Delegates from African countries demonstrated a particular interest in one of our flagship projects on proposals for Ten Actions towards Low Carbon Asia. During the exhibition period, the Project Leader for the pioneering Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite, and Head of the Satellite Remote Sensing Section at the Center for Global Environmental Research at NIES, Dr. Tatsuya Yokota was interviewed by the Polish correspondents of China Radio International and People’s Daily.

In addition to terrestrial and maritime monitoring initiatives, making a reality of satellite observation of GHGs contributes to the resolution of issues such as regional bias and a deficiency of observation points. GOSAT was extremely well-received as a representative initiative for Japan’s participation in UNFCCC.