Overview of the research project
Research goals and objectives
In our project, we will target East Antarctica. Taking advantage of our foresight, we will combine in-situ monitoring with model research. We will also clarify the actual state, the elementary processes of their fluctuations and interactions of the Antarctic Bottom Water, Circumpolar Current, ecosystems, ice sheets, and the solid Earth in Antarctica and its surrounding areas.
In particular, we aim to reconstruct the past of the Southern Ocean, Antarctic climate and ice sheet variability. We also aim to elucidate the interaction between the Antarctic ice sheet and ocean, and variability of ecosystem dynamics.
We will build an environmental system model of East Antarctica, which has been a missing piece. We will try to clarify a role of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic ice sheet in the global environmental change and its mechanism through different interactions.
Our research project is expected to have a ripple effect on many fields such as future projection of climate and social influence.
The following items have important significance from an interdisciplinary perspective: (1) integration of simulation with a multi-level numerical model and in-situ monitoring data; (2) in-situ monitoring conducting beyond each field; and (3) development of unmanned exploration technologies.
On the basis of the results achieved in this project, we will also build a foundation for the development of international collaborative research starting from Japan by collaborating with other countries studying East Antarctica.