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Party: Japan
2018/2019 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: Reconstruction of the ice sheet variability at the Schirmacher Oasis to examine East Antarctic Ice Sheet sensitivity and response to glacial-interglacial cycles
Planned Operating Period: From  08 Nov 2019   To  31 Mar 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: NIPR
Name: Yusuke  Suganuma
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor
Phone: +81-42-512-0702
Email: suganuma.yusuke@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Glacial geologists and geomorphologists will carry out a field project that includes sediment coring and glacio-geomorphological mapping in the Schirmacher Oasis in collaboration with Indian team based on Maitri station.
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Discipline: Geology
Areas of Activity
Maitri Station
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6101 Demonstration of auroral and airglow observations over the ocean by newly-developed all-sky imagers on Shirase
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Tohoku University
Name: Takeshi Sakanoi
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor
Phone: +81-22-795-6609
Email: tsakanoi@pparc.gp.tohoku.ac.jp
Details/Description: Auora and Airglow observations using a monochromatic all-sky imager on a 3-axis stablized gimbal onboard R/V Shirase.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6102 Cloud fraction with an all-sky camera onboard R/V Shirase
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Nara Women University
Name: Makoto Kuji
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor
Phone: +81-742-20-3044
Email: makoto@ics.nara-wu.ac.jp
Details/Description: An all-sky camera, mounted on R/V Shirase, is used to detect marine clouds. The cloud amount product is useful to validate that from the satellite remote sensing.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase

Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6104 Demonstration experiment of the residential unit in polar regions
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Name: Kazuyoshi  Kawasaki
Job Title or Position: Deputy Director, Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center
Phone: +81-50-3362-7071
Email: kawasaki.kazuyoshi@jaxa.jp
Details/Description: Demonstration experiment will be carried out at Syowa Station to confirm the habitability of movable residential units prior to inland operation.
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Areas of Activity
Syowa Station
Science Plan/Program/Project: AH0908 Development of safety education program for field sciences based on practical knowledge of risk treatment
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Shizuoka University
Name: Shin Murakoshi
Job Title or Position: Professor
Phone: +81-54-238-4665
Email: murakoshi.shin@shizuoka.ac.jp
Details/Description: This study invesigates practical knowledge of treating risk in extreme natural environment, which might be obtained in experience of Antarctic research expedition. Interview based on observation of research activities in the field as well as a Risk Prediction Training and questionnaire survey will be conducted.
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Discipline: Psychology
Areas of Activity
Syowa, S17, and coastal area of Lützow-Holm bay
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMP0903 Monitoring of Antarctic ice sheet mass balance
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: NIPR
Name: Hideaki Motoyama
Job Title or Position: Professor
Phone: +81-42-512-0680
Email: motoyama@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Sea ice thickness and snow accumulation along a route from Syowa Station to S16 site via Tottuki Misaki is carried out as much as possible all year-round. Snow accumulation measurement and surface snow sampling are conducted during inland traverse, when implemented.
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Discipline: Glaciology
Areas of Activity
From Syowa Station to S16 site via Tottuki Misaki
Inland sites from S16 to Dome Fuji

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0916 Interdisciplinary Study of Geofluids in the Evolution of Continental Crust in East Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Details/Description: Geological research team in Japanese Antarctic Research Expefition (JARE) has been stuidied tectonics of Sør Rondane Mountains. Aims of research are Water-Rock Interaction such as hydration and dehydration reactions of high grade metamorphic rocks and plutonic rocks during tectonic evolution of Sør Rondane Mountains.
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Discipline: Geology
Areas of Activity
Sør Rondane Mountains
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0924 Medical researches on Antarctic expeditioners under extreme environment
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: NIPR
Name: Satoshi Imura
Job Title or Position: Professor
Phone: +81-42-512-0602
Email: imura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Study on dental health of expedition personnel / Relationship between stress, mood, sleep and metabolism.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0925 Space weather study during the cycle 24/25 sloalr activity minimum using cosmic ray observations at Syowa base
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Shinshu University
Name: Chihiro Kato
Job Title or Position: Professor
Phone: 81-263-37-2514
Email: ckato@shinshu-u.ac.jp
Details/Description: Continue cosmic ray observations with newly installed a pair of neutron monitor and muon detector at Syowa base. These observations will be used for better understanding the space weather, utilizing a unique location in Antarctica for cross-calibrating the different responses of two types of detectors to the variations of primary cosmic rays and the atmosphere.
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Discipline: Astrophysics
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0926 Large area network observation of auroral phenomena using unmanned system
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: ROIS
Name: Akira  Kadokura
Job Title or Position: Professor
Phone: +81-42-512-9105
Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Low-power autonomous auroral observation system at Amundsen Bay works continuously all through the year. Unmanned magnetometer network around Amundsen Bay and Lützow-Holmbukta area and along the route from Mizuho to Dome Fuji is maintained.A new auroral observation system will be installed at Princess Elisabeth Station and Maitri Station, respectively.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Amundsen Bay
Skallen, Inhhovde, H68
Mizuho, MD364, Dome Fuji
Princess Elisabeth Station
Maitri Station
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0928 Study on polar upper atmosphere in possible grand minimum period and inner magnetosphere dynamics with SuperDARN radars
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akira Sessai Yukimatsu
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
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Email: kokusai@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: With SENSU SuperDARN HF radars at Syowa station, continuous observation according to the international SuperDARN schedule including special campains with satellites such as ERG/Arase will be conducted to try to reveal the influence of low solar activity period on upper atmosphere and the dynamics of inner magnetosphere as well as to contribute to space weather research.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa Station
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0930 Observation of circulation flow field in the junction area of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica continental slope
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Name: Yujiro Kitade
Job Title or Position: Professor,
Phone:
Email: ykitade@kaiyodai.ac.jp
Details/Description: Mooring observations with MicroCat (CT-meter) and current meters, and Hydrographic survey in the continental slope region.
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
110°E line, off Vincenness Bay

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0931 Advanced baloonborne observations of the Antarctic upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS)
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: NIPR
Name: Yoshihiro  Tomikawa
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor
Phone: +81-42-512-0660
Email: tomikawa@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Balloon-borne observations of water vapor in the stratosphere will be performed at Syowa Station in 2020. An instrument onboard a super-pressure balloon will be developed in Japan.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0932 Changing of East Antarctic aerosols in global biogeochemical environment
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Fukuoka University
Name: Masahiko Hayashi
Job Title or Position: Professor, Faculty of Science
Phone: +81-871-6631 ex.6168
Email: mhayashi@fukuoka-u.ac.jp
Details/Description: Observation of optical property, concentration and sampling of aerosol along cruise track of R/V Shirase by ship borne instruments, skyradiometer, condensation particle counter, optical particle counter, nephelometer, aethalometer, ceilometer, aeroso samplers. Observation of optical property and aerosol concentration at Syowa station by ground based instruments.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Syowa Station
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0933 Detection of influences of global warming in East Antarctic atmosphere and ice-sheet surface, and clarigying the mechanisms
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: NIPR
Name: Naohiko Hirasawa
Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor,
Phone: +81-42-512-0685
Email: hira.n@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Radiosonde, tethered balloon, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), ground-based remote sensing, snow sampling, and installing AWS (Automatic Weather Station) at key stations around Droning Maud Land to record climatic change and to understand its mechanism.
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Discipline: Climate studies
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Droning Maud Land (along traverse route from S17 through Relay Point to Dome Fuji)

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0937 The origin and geohistory of biodiversity on the terrestrial ecosystem in Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: NIPR
Name: Satoshi Imura
Job Title or Position: Professor
Phone: +81-42-512-0602
Email: imura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: To understand the origin of biodiversity in Dronning Maud Land, detail information of terrestrial lichen, and bacterial flora will be surveyed in Sør Rondane Mountains.
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Discipline: Biology
Areas of Activity
Sør Rondane Mountains
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0939 Integrating Study Programme of the Marine Ecosystem of the Indian Ocean Sector of the Southern Ocean, Dynamics of the lower trophic process in the seasonal ice zone
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Name: Masato Moteki
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences
Phone: +81-3-5463-0527
Email: masato@kaiyodai.ac.jp
Details/Description: Understanding of the ecosystem beneath sea ice is essential for ecological studies of both krill- and myctophid-based food webs. Water collections at specific depths and plankton collections as well as acoustic sonding are carried out at stations, including those in ice covered areas. The community compositions at various depths as well as the vertical distributions of temperature, salinity and nutrients are observed for elucidating the environmental changes of the Southern Ocean.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
the Indian Ocean Sector of the Southern Ocean
Science Plan/Program/Project: Foraging ecology of marine predators in the Ross Sea
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: NIPR
Name: Akinori Takahashi
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor
Phone: +81-42-512-0741
Email: atak@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: The foraging behavior of Weddell Seals will be tracked using biologging devices such as GPS, accelerometers, and video recorders. Collaboration with NIWA, NZ.
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Discipline: Animal tracking
Areas of Activity
NZ Scott Base

Science Plan/Program/Project: Measurement of cargo transportation environment along ice-covered waters and cold regions
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Name: Akihiro Mizushima
Job Title or Position: Section Chief, Ocean Policy Division
Phone: +81-3-5253-8266
Email: mizushima-a82ab@mlit.go.jp
Details/Description: Data loggers for temperature, humidity and acceleration will be installed in the containers and hold of Shirase. Data will be measured along cruse track of R/V Shirase in order to analize cargo transportation environment along ice-coverd waters and cold regions.
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Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Science Plan/Program/Project: TC01 Bathymetric survey
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Mar 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Japan Coast Guard
Name: Katuhiro Kusunoki
Job Title or Position: Director
Phone: +81-3-3595-3606
Email: nankyoku@jodc.go.jp
Details/Description: Bathymetric survey
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Lützow-Holmbukta
Science Plan/Program/Project: TC02 Tidal observation
Planned Operating Period: From  27 Nov 2019   To  31 Mar 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: Japan Coast Guard
Name: Katsuhiro Kusunoki
Job Title or Position: Director
Phone: +81335953606
Email: nankyoku@jodc.go.jp
Details/Description: Tidal observation
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Activities in Previous Year
Station Report
Vessels Report
Aircrat Report
Research Rockets Report
Military
Vessel-Based Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Vessel-Based Operations
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Denial of Authorizations
Aircrat Report
Compliance with the Protocol Report
Environmental Information - Compliance with the Protocol
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Contingency Plans Report
Environmental Impact Assessment: Procedures Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Procedures)
No new procedures were established during this reporting period.

Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Environmental Information - Conservation of Fauna and Flora
A PDF document has been uploaded to provide this information.

Waste Management Plans Report
Waste Management Inventory of Past Activities Report
Prevention of Marine Pollution: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Prevention of Marine Pollution
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Measures)
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Permit, Visit and Activities Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Permit, Visit and Activities)
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  21   That actually entered: 
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2018   To:  21 Nov 2018
Purpose: Research and management
Summary of activities: Research and management
Event or project name/number: 60th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition

Area Protection and Management: Change or Damage Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Change or Damage)
No change or damage was observed during this reporting period.

General Report