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The Research Institute of Geology and Geoinformation


Greetings from the Institute's General Director

Director Dr. Chikao Kurimoto

Institute Greeting

The mission of the Research Institute of Geology and Geoinformation is to shed light on the geological nature of Japan's national territory and surrounding oceans, and to organize the country's collection of terrestrial and marine geological information into a national archive of useful information.

This archive will form the core component of geological studies to be performed by public institutions. It has been 15 years since the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) was established, and this fiscal year marks the start of the Fourth Medium Term. In this time, the importance of geological information has steadily increased in solving social issues pertaining to disaster prevention, resource management, and environmental problems, as well as in contributing to the sustainable development of a safe and sound society. As a result, recent acquisitions of geological data combined with solid science allow the Earth's past to be understood, which in turn aids in evaluating the future health of the global environment, and in providing scientific information and warnings to citizens about risks to the natural environment.

By applying the combined strengths and research experience built up by our Institute, our hope is to help create a society capable of sustainable development for humankind, and to develop a high quality of life based on long-term safety and security through the use of geological surveys. In working toward these goals, the Institute and its members look forward to your continuing support.

October 4, 2018

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