Sustainability Report 2018
Sei-Ichi SAITOH, Director and Specially Appointed Professor, Arctic Research Center,
he extent of summer Arctic sea ice has been reduced to two-thirds over the last 35 years, causing concerns about global effects and expectations for the opening of new sea routes and the development of natural resources. In fact, there is insufficient scientific data to make sound judgments about the use of the Arctic region. Given this background, Dr. Saitoh and his colleagues are engaged in an Arctic research project known as the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability （ArCS）, working to elucidate climate change, provide accurate future projections and do more.
Ice melting caused by rising temperatures and dark ice