National Institute of Polar Research, Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Japan
Data Center Description
The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) has two major tasks. The first is to promote and conduct comprehensive scientific research in various disciplines in the polar regions. The second is to administer the scientific programs of and provide logistic support to the Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions (JARE). To plan, implement and accomplish these tasks both in Japan and in Antarctica, NIPR cooperates with domestic and foreign universities and research organizations.
Research programs at NIPR are grouped into five basic disciplines: (a) upper atmosphere physics, (b) meteorology, glaciology and oceanography, (c) earth sciences, including geology, geomorphology, solid earth geophysics and meteorites, (d) marine and terrestrial biology, and (e) polar region engineering. The research activities of NIPR scientists in Japan and in the Antarctic and Arctic regions, facilities to support their work, and the administrative system are briefly introduced in this booklet for visitors to NIPR. The NIPR's doors are open to polar scientists and engineers from all over the world who wish to engage in cooperative research.