The 11th Japan-US Workshop on Global Change

gBiodiversity, Ecosystem Function, and Dynamic Human-Nature Interactionsh

October 31 - November 2, 2005




Final Circular



Under gThe Japan-U.S. Liaison Group on the Geosciences and Environmenth (Co-chair of Japan: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan (MEXT), Co-chair of the U.S.: National Science Foundation (NSF)) based on the framework of the U.S.- Japan Agreement on Cooperation in Research and Development in Science and Technology entered into in 1989, Japan and the U.S. have been organizing workshops alternately to explore the possibility of research collaborations by taking up topics in the field of geosciences and environment which should be promoted intensively by Japan-U.S. collaborations.

In 2004, the co-chairs of the Liaison Group discussed to set the theme of the next workshop as gBiodiversity, Ecosystem Function, and Dynamic Human-Nature Interactionsh..  At the following meeting in Washington D.C., April 2005, the Liaison Group agreed that the 2005 workshop is to be held in Japan (at Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)) with this theme.  Prof. Eitaro Wada, Program Director of Ecosystem Change Research Program, Frontier Research Center for Global Change (FRCGC) and Prof. John J. Magnuson, the University of Wisconsin, were appointed as coordinators of the workshop.



Understanding of ecosystem functions, dynamics, and global interconnections is one of the most urgent problems for mankind. Most ecosystems are subject to serious global change and human appropriation, leading to changes in structural and functional attributes of biodiversity. Such ecosystem alterations will result in declines in public benefits from ecosystems (i.e., ecosystem services) and in turn affect the magnitude of environmental change through biological feedback mechanisms. However, the extreme diversity and complexity of ecosystems (i.e., environment-organism interactive system) have prevented an elucidation of the basic ecosystem processes that facilitate forecasting abilities. Accordingly, this workshop will focus on the interactions among biodiversity, ecosystem function, and global change, summarize the recent achievements by ecological studies in Japan and U.S., and discuss how to advance Japan-US collaborations in the future.



Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan (MEXT)

National Science Foundation (NSF)


October 31 – November 2, 2005


Place of Meeting:

Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Location : 3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City
Kanagawa 236-0001,

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Working Group:

The Workshop is organized into four working groups (WG) that address the following general topics:

WG 1: Ocean Ecosystems and Global Change

WG 2: Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change

WG 3: Biodiversity

WG 4: Interacting Human and Natural Systems

The key point of the working groups is, with respect to their respective topics,

1)      Review recent progress in global change research

2)      Identify knowledge gaps and obstacles to progress

3)      Identify opportunities for new collaborative research that address these problems including data exchange and database development

4)      Identify potential mechanisms, frameworks and sources of support for Japan - U.S. collaboration

5)      Identify concrete steps to be taken on by both Japan and U.S. sides to realize these opportunities


Working Groups and General Topics:

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Poster Session@(Submission was closed on Oct 1st):

Every participant is encouraged to give a poster presentation.

The specific topics of the poster presentations are flexible and may be determined by individual preferences.  For example, posters may give detailed scientific results, or an overview of the participantfs research activities and future directions.  The abstract content is also flexible; if the poster is devoted to specific research results, the abstract may be written to include or emphasize an overview perspective on the participantfs research program.

The assignment of posters to day 1 or 2 will be announced by the secretariat on the Day 1 of the Workshop.


1. SizeFA0 (841mm width x 1189mm height) or B0 (1030mm width x 1456mm height)

*For reference:

The usable area for the poster boards is 1300mm width x 1750mm height.

2. Please bring in your poster to the workshop site.

3. Poster List Accepted (as of Oct. 18)   yAppendix 3z


Workshop Agenda@(Updated):

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Registration Information in English

Please give us your information in English which is to be used for the list of participants distributed at the workshop site, name tag and the Workshop Report.  Please fill out the Form 1 attached and return it to the secretariat, Ms. Nakato by Friday, October 21 either by e-mail or fax.


Junko NAKATO (Ms)


Fax: 045-778-5497


Lunch Orders

As there are few restaurants around the workshop site, we will prepare a room for lunch.  Then, we would like to take lunch orders from you in advance (\500 per day, at your own expenses).  Please fill out the Form1 attached and return it to us same as the above Registration Information.  Please note that it will be difficult to find a place for lunch if you do not make orders.  Also cancellation is not acceptable.



1. Plenary Session (Keynote, Current Project) Presentation (Confirmation)

KeynoteF45 min.

Current ProjectF15 min.


Projectors for transparency and a personal computer are available for presentations.  For testing the compatibility of your power point slides, please submit your files to Ms. Hayashi by October 24 (Monday) by email.


Chie HAYASHI (Ms.)


2.      Accommodation

Due to the season for school trips, we suggest you may reserve a hotel room as soon as possible.  Also the Secretariat has reservations of some rooms at a hotel in Yokohama, please contact us directly if you wish to stay at this hotel.  Please note that since the number of rooms we reserved is limited, they are provided on first-comes first- served basis.


3. Literature

We will prepare a space for literature such as research papers and reports on your research activities and pamphlets of institutions so on.  Please feel free to bring in your materials which you wish to distribute to other participants.


4. Internet Service

Two Windows PCs and One Mac PC are available in the Foyer (Place of poster session). They are connected to the network via LAN.  Wireless LAN is available in the Miyoshi Auditorium Also two terminals of ether cable are available for the wired connector for your PC.



5. Information for US side




Frontier Research Center for Global Change




Correspondence on this meeting:

Chie HAYASHI (Ms.)

TEL: 045(778)5691