Summary of the Third International Study Conference on GEWEX in Asia and GAME

24-25 March 1997, Cheju Island, Korea

Kenji Nakamura
Institute for Hydrospheric-Atmospheric Sciences
Nagoya University
Nagoya, 464-01, Japan

The Third International Study Conference on GEWEX in Asia and GAME was held at Seogwipo KAL Hotel, located at the southern part of Cheju Island, Korea for 26th - 28th March, 1997 with kind supports from the Meteorological Institutes, Korea, National Space Development Agency of Japan, World Climate Research Programme, Asia Pacific Network for global Change Research, and Institute for Hydrospheric-Atmospheric Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan.

Since the GAME Intensive Observation Period (GAME-IOP) is scheduled in 1998, the GAME Conference were very important to clarify the scientific objectives, to harmonize various observations in various fields, and to discuss details of the observations. These discussions are indispensable for the success of the GAME.

The participants are about 150 from 15 countries. About eighty presentations were divided into oral and poster ones in sessions of:

The strategy of GEWEX/GAME and collaborations with other projects
Regional energy and water cycles
Energy and water cycles in monsoon Asia
GCM studies
Satellite studies

The first session was started after opening and welcome addresses from Prof. Yasunari, University of Tsukuba, Mr. Sung-Gil Hong, Director-General METRI, and Prof. Jeong-Woo Kim, Yonsei University, Korea. The current status of each subprogram and other related projects, such as, KORMEX were talked. The second and third sessions were mainly concerning the observational results on the monsoon activities and surface observations in Siberia, Tibet Plateau and Thailand. Many are from the preliminary observations before the GAME Intensive observation Period which is scheduled in 1998. KORMEX related studies were also included. GCM model studies and satellite observation are other major component of GAME. Last two sessions were dedicated to those studies.

The conference helped us much to understand the current status of various monsoon related projects. Though the preliminary observations were not harmonized to other observations, the results of the preliminary observational studies allowed us to expect successful results from the GAME-IOP.

Prof. Kenji Nakamura
Institute for Hydrospheric-Atmospheric Sciences
Nagoya University
Furocho, Chikusaku, Nagoya, 464-01 Japan
Tel: +81-52-789-5439, Fax: +81-52-789-3436