The 11th Japan-US Workshop on Global Change
“Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function, and Dynamic Human-Nature Interactions”
October 31 -
Under “The Japan-U.S. Liaison Group on the Geosciences and Environment” (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.
2004, the co-chairs of the Liaison Group discussed to set the theme of the next
workshop as “Biodiversity,
Ecosystem Function, and Dynamic Human-Nature Interactions”.. At the following meeting in
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
of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of
National Science Foundation (NSF)
October 31 –
Place of Meeting:
Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Location : 3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku,
【MAP：Appendix 1 or http://www.jamstec.go.jp/frcgc/jp/inquiry/index.html】
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
potential mechanisms, frameworks and sources of support for
concrete steps to be taken on by both
Working Groups and General Topics:
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 participant’s 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 participant’s 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. Size：A0 (841mm width x 1189mm height) or B0 (1030mm width x 1456mm height)
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) 【Appendix 3】
Workshop Agenda (Updated):
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)
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)
Current Project：15 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.)
Due to the
season for school trips, we suggest you may reserve a hotel room as soon as
the Secretariat has reservations of some rooms at a hotel in
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
Correspondence on this meeting:
Chie HAYASHI (Ms.)