The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) publishes Polar Science, a quarterly peer-reviewed polar science journal in collaboration with Elsevier BV. The recent special issue (Vol. 29 published December 1, 2021) was titled “The Sixth International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-6). The special issue brought together articles that cover many disciplines to identify changes in the arctic environment and society and to discuss possible future sustainable development.
Among the different regions of the Earth, the Arctic region is most affected by phenomena caused by global warming, such as melting sea ice and thawing permafrost. Rapid changes due to global warming have had negative influences on local residents. On the other hand, the decrease in sea ice has led to the start of the use of the Northern Sea Route and the development of seabed resources around the world, positively impacting economic activities. In addition, these new economic activities could further accelerate global warming. Therefore, it is necessary to study arctic changes from the natural sciences, as well as human and social sciences, to clarify the impact on human society that affects changes in the arctic environment.
The Japanese Consortium for Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR) organized the 6th International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-6) online from March to April 2020, focusing on the importance of interdisciplinary approaches with particular emphasis on research in social and human sciences. Building on the accomplishments reported in ISAR-6, the special issue has been edited by selecting reports from many disciplines to identify changes in the arctic environment and society.
“ISAR-6 was held as the last of the biennial conference, in which the past and following decades of the arctic environment were also appreciated,” said Dr Motoyoshi Ikeda, professor emeritus at the University of ‘Hokkaido, guest editor of this special issue. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISAR-6 was held as an online meeting. No less than 170 presentations made online highlight the high level of interest in the future of the Arctic environment and society. Following the success of ISAR-6, we have sought to convey the impressive accomplishments reported therein to a wider range of research fields and societies. “
In this special issue, 15 articles have been published to discuss the possibilities of sustainable development in the future. These papers present the latest results from decades of atmospheric warming, shrinking sea ice extent, deterioration of the ice sheet and thawing permafrost. The full text of this issue will be freely accessible worldwide until June 13, 2022.
“Through the upcoming ISAR series, JCAR hopes to answer the question of how Arctic research contributes to sustainable development by conducting international interdisciplinary research,” said Dr Motoyoshi Ikeda.
About polar science
Polar Science is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed academic journal on the polar regions of the Earth and other planets, which NIPR began publishing in collaboration with Elsevier BV in 2007. The primary objective of this journal is to inform people on polar science. Currently, more than 150 articles are submitted per year. As a result, this journal is recognized worldwide as one of the few comprehensive academic journals in the field of polar science. In addition to the regular issues, Polar Science publishes a special issue each year on a given topic in various fields.
The main characteristics of polar science are summarized as follows.
■ Polar Science is an international academic journal with an impact factor of 1.927 as of 2020
■ Polar science covers 15 disciplines related to Antarctica and the Arctic, such as:
– Physics of space and the upper atmosphere
– Atmospheric Sciences / Climatology
– Oceanography / Sea ice studies
– Geology / Petrology
– Solid earth geophysics / Seismology
– Marine earth sciences
– Geomorphology / Cenozoic-Quaternary Geology
– Terrestrial biology
– Marine biology
– Animal ecology
– Polar engineering
– Humanities and Social Sciences
■ Polar Science has an open archive whereby published articles are made available free of charge by ScienceDirect after an embargo period of 24 months from the date of publication.
■ Printed products are also published.
■ After Polar Science became an open archive in 2016, the number of article downloads has grown rapidly since then. Currently, over 140,000 articles are used (PDF downloads and HTML views) each year.
About the National Polar Research Institute (NIPR)
The NIPR conducts extensive research through observation stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. As a member of the Information and Systems Research Organization (ROIS), NIPR provides researchers across Japan with infrastructural support for Arctic and Antarctic observations, plans and implements operates Japan’s Antarctic Observation Projects and conducts Arctic research in various scientific fields such as the atmosphere. , the ice caps, the ecosystem, the upper atmosphere, the aurora and the Earth’s magnetic field. In addition to the research projects, the NIPR also organizes the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and manages the samples and data obtained during these expeditions and projects. As a core institution in polar regions research, the NIPR also offers graduate students a global perspective on originality through its doctoral program. For more information on the NIPR, please visit: https://www.nipr.ac.jp/english/
About the Information and Systems Research Role (ROIS)
The ROIS is a parent organization of four national institutes (National Institute of Polar Research, National Institute of Informatics, Institute of Statistical Mathematics and National Institute of Genetics) and of the Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research. The mission of the ROIS is to promote integrated and cutting-edge research which transcends the barriers of these institutions, in addition to facilitating their research activities, as members of interuniversity research institutes.
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