2006/9/15

Activity Report for FY2006 of the JSPS Award for Eminent Scientists

Below is a summary of the activities of the eminent scientist invited by the JSPS AWARD.

  1. Name
  2. Wilfried H. Brutsaert
    William L. Lewis Professor
    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

  3. Period
  4. From April 1, 2006 through August 15, 2006 (137 days)

  5. Accommodations, Office, and Title
  6. Accommodations:
    Foreign Scholoarsf Residence of the University of Tsukuba (5/31-8/15)
    Office:
    Advanced Research Laboratory of the University of Tsukuba (5/31-8/15)
    Title
    Visiting Foreign Research Fellow

  7. Schedule
    • April 1-April 6, 2006
    • Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center of Nagoya University

    • April 6-May 31, 2006
    • Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University
      - Special lecture on Indications of Increasing Terrestrial Evapotranspiration Over the Past Fifty
      Years on April 19
      - Advise and discussion on researches with junior scientists

    • May 31-August 15, 2006
    • Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba
      - Joint research on regional evaporation and influences of evaporation on global hydrologic cycle.
      - Guest editor for the special issue of Journal of Hydrology on the research project being carried out at U.Tsukuba
      - Advise on the publication of the Japanese version of his new book gPrincciple of Hydrolgyh
      - Special lecture on gIndications of an Accelerating Hydrologic Cycle During the Second Half of the 20th Centuryh on July 7 at Univ. Tsukuba and also on July 13 at Tohoku University.
      - Advise on researches of junior scientists

    • August 15

    Departure

  8. Activities and their impacts
  9. As a continuation from previous fiscal year, the invitation of the eminent scientists was carried out as originally scheduled. During the stay, he spent first part at Kyoto University, with such activities as the advise to junior scientists including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and presentation of a special lecture. He moved to the University of Tsukuba for the later part of his stay, and engaged in a joint research, advise to junior scientists, and presentation of a special lecture. Also he has served as a guest editor of a special issue of Journal of Hydrology on a research topic being carried out at University of Tuskuba. In addition, he gave numerous advise on the translation of his latest book gHydrologyh into a Japanese textbook to be published next year.

    During his stay in FY2005, he submitted a review report to Nagoya university, with observations, assessment and recommendations on the structure and inner workings of the Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center, and this has now been published as part of the annual report of the center, which also includes the response to his comments from the director of the center.

    In summary, his stay in FY 2006 in Japan made a strong influences onto the members of the host institutions, and also on the host organizations.

  10. Contributions of the eminent scientist to the host organizations
  11. Like last year, he has directly worked with junior scientists including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to give advise on their research papers and on their Ph.D studies. This was particularly effective as those young researchers do not have sufficient experience in intensive English communications on research. Also because they have a clear goal of completing their research papers and submitting them to international journals, it was a good opportunity for them to learn how to organize their manuscript in logical order and in effective English. It was proved that this was possible because of the vast knowledge and experiences of the eminent scientist who have authored close to 200 research papers.

    Also in his three lectures made during his stay, he has given strong impact among the audiences through his well-organized, logical manner of presentation, with clear English. Since the topics are considered as the leading edge achievement, audiences were able to learn and get new ideas on the future research directions.

    With regards the ginternationalizationh, his presence alone did not give too strong an effect since at host universities, there have been and are always visitors from overseas and international atmosphere has been there already, at least to some extent. Nevertheless, because of the background and carrier of Professor Brutsaert who served as president of an international research society helped us to share the latest development of international research activities, and on-going activities which clearly gave relevant impact among us in order for the host institutions to continue their presence among the global research activities and collaborations.