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Subtropical Environment Center to offer public guided tours

Date Posted: 2011-11-18

A highly complex research center specializing in studying the relationships between the atmosphere and the ocean, as well as their interaction, is opening its doors to the public for guided tours next week.

The Okinawa Subtropical Environment Remote Sensing Center, an agency connected with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, conducts research and development into three types of radio sensors. The research is geared to determine the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere.

Scientists note that the interaction significantly affects global scale climatological variations such as global warming. Other studies under way involve atmospheric and oceanic observations, primarily focused in the maritime subtropical climate zone.

Included in the NiCT Okinawa are a Long-Range Ocean Radar operating at the Ishigaki Yonaguni Ocean Radar Facility, which studies the Kuroshio current in the East China Sea, a 400-MHz Windc Profiler at the Ogimi Wind Profiler Facility, where atmospheric sensors are used, and the Okinawa Bistatic Polarimetric Radar, which performs ultra-precision measurements of meteorological phenomena in the subtropical regions. This is critical to helping study typhoons.

The public is invited to visit the NiCT for guided tours on November 23rd. Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center is located in Onna Village, off Highway 58. Detailed maps on driving to the NiCT are offered at the Center website, http://okinawa.nict.go.jp/EN/index.html.

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