Today, understanding of process in the Earth environment has gained
its importance more than ever.

The enhancement of such understanding requires global observation and
data collection, which is beyond the capacity of any particular
government or an international organization. In 1998, Integrated
Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) Partnership was formed to provide a
comprehensive framework to harmonize the common interests of space and
ground based systems for global observation of the Earth.

The Open Session will be held in Japan on November 7th (Wednesday) as
a part of 8th IGOS Partnerships’ Meeting, which will be held on
November 8th (Thursday) following the Open Session. Youji Furuhama,
Executive Director of Office of Satellite Technology, Research and
Applications at National Space Development Agency acts as chair of
this Meeting.

This Open Session includes the report of programs in global
observations by the responsible parsons in research programs, space
agencies, and the major international organizations such as
“Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)”, in the field of
ocean, carbon cycle, and atmospheric chemistry. There will also be a
discussion about how the global observations should be realized and

Attendance of the general public and the press is welcomed. Those
wishing to participate and to arrange interview to the panelist,
please contact us by October 31st (Wednesday), 2001.

1. Date November 7th (Wednesday), 2001 13:30~16:30

2. Venue Kyoto International Conference Hall
Room B-2

3. Programme As noted on Appendix

4. Applications should be contacted to: Onoda Masami
Satellite Program Planning Department
National Space Development Agency of Japan

E-mail to :

Fax to : +81-3-5401-8702 or 8703

About Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnerships

For inquiries:

Public Relations Office


Tel: +81-3-3438-6107, 6108 and 6109

Ocean and Earth Division,

Research and Development Bureau

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science