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  1. Challenge of the global warming-JAMA. Chikyu ondanka mondai to jidosha sangyo ni okeru torikumi

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    Suzuki, Y. (Japan Automobile Manufactures Association Inc., Tokyo (Japan))

    1993-04-01

    This paper summarizes the global warming problem challenged by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. An investigative analysis was carried out on CO2 related data. Its gists are described as follows: The rate of contribution to CO2 emission in the automotive sector is about 17%; fuel consumption improvement has long been discussed, but is in a trend of hitting the ceiling because of the needs of mounting gears for safety improvement and of vehicle upsizing; amount of fuels used is increasing year after year; the rate of the increase correlates with the economy growth; the growth of CO2 emission from automobiles would be smaller than the values given in several reports as a result of the Japanese economic growth lower than the anticipation; effects of the fuel consumption improvement are assumed to reduce CO2 emission by several percentage points in 2000; electric vehicles could reduce CO2 emission by 40% per car if nuclear power generation is partly used; fluorocarbon used in the automobile industry is for foaming, rinsing and air conditioners, with its use in the former two applications being planned to be totally abolished; and the problem thereof exists in air conditioners, for which recovery, leakage measures, and conversion to new coolants are being discussed. 12 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Survey of impacts of global environmental issues on the utilizations of alternative energies for oil. Chikyu kankyo mondai to kokusaitekina taio no doko. ; Chikyu ondanka mondai wo chushin to shite

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    1990-12-31

    This is a report on the global warming issue made by the Institute of Energy Economics entrusted with the survey by NEDO. Written below are titles of the chapters in the report: 1. Outline of global warming problems and developments of international conferences. 2. Factor analysis of past CO{sub 2} emissions. 3. Measures to limit global warming. 4. Limitation measures for global warming and prospects for CO{sub 2} emissions. Analyses are made by country, by region or globally. For example, in order to establish measures to solve the global warming problem as an international issue, it is most important to establish the target criteria to control emission of greenhouse gases like CO{sub 2}. Namely, most important is to determine the criteria and partial charge of each country. These will exert a large effect on each economic activity. There are big differences among countries in the gas emission up to the present from the past. Effects of the gas emission are also different among countries. Moreover, countries are different in their development stages. All these differences are an important subject in judging international fairness. 91 refs., 91 tabs.

  3. Investigational report on the trend of measures for global warming; Chikyu ondanka taisaku doko chosa hokokusho

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    1996-03-01

    To know the trend of measures taken for global warming, conducted were overseas surveys, participation in academic society meetings, and literature surveys. The phaseout time of all ozone depleting substances responsible for the ozonospherial destruction was determined for both developed and developing countries in the 7th Meeting of countries which concluded the Montreal Protocol. As information on measures for protecting the ozonosphere, introduced was activities under United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). New fluorine containing ethers were introduced as cleaning solvent which causes no ozonospherial destruction and is low in global warming index. Toxicity data were obtained on HFC-236ea and HFC-236fa which are promising substitutes in HCFC foaming and refrigerant fields. The paper introduced an outline of the 1st Meeting of countries which concluded the Framework Convention on Climate Change held in 1995. According to the report on the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection of the Netherlands, the amount of emission of fluorine containing greenhouse effect gas (in CO2 conversion) reached 8-14% of all the amount of greenhouse effect gas emitted in 1990 unless the control is reinforced. An outline of the TEWI-3 project was introduced which is useful for comparing effects of substitution technologies on global warming. 14 refs., 11 figs., 29 tabs.

  4. Challenge to issues on global environment. Chikyu kankyo mondai eno torikumi

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    Ishida, K.; Nishibori, F. (Kansai Environmental Engineering Center Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan))

    1994-02-25

    This paper summarizes themes on issues on global environment that Kansai Environmental Engineering Center Co., Ltd. has been commissioned for study. The themes may be listed as follows: transportation, fixation, and deposition of CO2 in the north-west Pacific sea area; development of carbon circulation model; effects of oceans on atmospheric CO2 increase; measurement of chemical substances dissolved in sea water; CO2 photosynthesis with algae; proliferation conditions for Haptophyceae algae and calcification capability of CO2; carbon fixing mechanisms and calcification capability of shellfish; and growth acceleration of trees by utilizing mushroom hyphae, and afforestation techniques. The investigation on the mechanism of circulating carbons in ocean has provided the following results: a low-salt sea area exists as a water mass distribution that has 34.2 psu or lower in a depth of 500 m from 45 degrees to 15 degrees north latitude; the CO2 partial pressure in air on sea surface and in sea water is lower in the sea water (CO2 absorption region) than in the air from 45 degrees to 40 degrees north latitude and 8 degrees and lower in south latitude; total carbon distribution is lower in the surface layer, and the higher the deeper; phytoplanktons are distributed densely in areas with nutrient salt at somewhat lower levels; and planktons with sizes of 10 micrometer or smaller and 300 micrometer or larger are prevalent in the equatorial regions. 4 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Environmental problem and geochemistry of rabon. Radon to kankyo mondai (chikyu kagaku ni tsuite)

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    Kanai, Y. (Geological Survey of Japan, Tokyo (Japan))

    1991-10-01

    With Effects of radon (Rn) on human body'' installed as a central theme, a summary is explained on the dealings of Rn with human being, method for measuring Rn, origin of Rn, method for treationg Rn in residential housings, Rn and hot spring, and geochemistry of Rn. The U.S. Environmont Protection Agency announced that Rn has a high possibility of causing lung cancers in the living environment, and that among about 130,000 fatalities annually due to lung cancer, about 5,000 to 20,000 are for Rn. If an effective dose equivalent by Rn is assumed 1, that by the Rn daughter nucleus amount to 50, showing how large the latter {prime}s effect is. The life-time risk increment Rn of a lung cancer due to chronic indoor exposure to {sup 222} Rn daughter nuclei at a constant level of 10{sup 5}Bg.h.m{sup {minus}3} annually is 0.26%, the frequency increment is 36 cases, the life expectancy loss {Delta}L, due to this is 14 days. Rn is, however, not simply hazardous, it can present a benefit as in a radioactive hot spring containing Rn at 51-4909 nC,l. 31 refs., 15 figs., 5 tabs.

  6. Measures to prevent global warming, and NEDO's energy-saving model projects; Chikyu ondanka boshi taisaku to NEDO sho energy model jigyo

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    1998-09-01

    Described herein are United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the world AIJ (Activities Implemented Jointly) projects, and the Japan's measures and NEDO's energy-saving model projects therefor. NEDO has been inviting the public to join the contests for the projects to be implemented as part of the AIJ Japan program for the first time since April 1996. A total of 11 projects were adopted in July, including the model project for recovering heat from red-hot coke with inert gas, to be implemented by NEDO in China. After the first invitation, an individual proposal will be accepted and examined for which no time limit is set. The NEDO's model projects approved so far include demonstration studies on facilities for effective utilization of paper-making sludge, waste heat recovery at steel furnaces, energy-saving at electric furnaces for alloys, effective utilization of waste heat at garbage incinerators, and power saving at cement kilns. (NEDO)

  7. Global environmental benefits of industrial heat pumps (fiscal 1993); 1993 nendo koon heat pumping gijutsu ni yoru chikyu ondanka keigen koka ni kansuru chosa kenkyu hokokusho

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    1994-03-01

    An investigational study was conducted aiming at making a quantitative grasp of effects of the spread of industrial heat pumps on energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction and at promoting the spread. Finally, the following eight countries joined this international joint research: Canada, France, Japan, Holland, Norway, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. Each country share the work and expenses for the research with each other. Japan made investigational researches on the application of heat pumps to processes of the chemical industry, oil refining industry, food industry, paper/pulp industry, and dyeing/weaving industry, and on the effects of greenhouse gas reduction. As procedures taken, values up to 2010 were estimated of energy prices in each country, energy supply/demand, rates of the heat source configuration for electric power supply, etc., the heat flow of the above-mentioned process was made clear, and analyses were conducted of annual profits, energy consumption, and depreciation period in the case of adopting heat pumps. Moreover, the energy conservation amount and greenhouse effect gas reduction amount were estimated based on the result of the analyses. 69 figs., 196 tabs.

  8. New mud gas monitoring system aboard D/V Chikyu

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    Kubo, Yusuke; Inagaki, Fumio; Eguchi, Nobuhisa; Igarashi, Chiaki

    2013-04-01

    Mud gas logging has been commonly used in oil industry and continental scientific drilling to detect mainly hydrocarbon gases from the reservoir formation. Quick analysis of the gas provides almost real-time information which is critical to evaluate the formation and, in particular, safety of drilling operation. Furthermore, mud gas monitoring complements the lack of core or fluid samples particularly in a deep hole, and strengthen interpretations of geophysical logs. In scientific ocean drilling, on the other hand, mud gas monitoring was unavailable in riserless drilling through the history of DSDP and ODP, until riser drilling was first carried out in 2009 by D/V Chikyu. In IODP Exp 319, GFZ installed the same system with that used in continental drilling aboard Chikyu. High methane concentrations are clearly correlated with increased wood content in the cuttings. The system installation was, however, temporary and gas separator was moved during the expedition for a technical reason. In 2011, new mud gas monitoring system was installed aboard Chikyu and was used for the first time in Exp 337. The gas separator was placed on a newly branched bypass mud flow line, and the gas sample was sent to analysis unit equipped with methane carbon isotope analyzer in addition to mass spectrometer and gas chromatograph. The data from the analytical instruments is converted to depth profiles by calculating the lag effects due to mud circulation. Exp 337 was carried out from July 26 to Sep 30, 2011, at offshore Shimokita peninsula, northeast Japan, targeting deep sub-seafloor biosphere in and around coal bed. Data from the hole C0020A, which was drilled to 2466 mbsf with riser drilling, provided insights into bio-geochemical process through the depth of the hole. In this presentation, we show the design of Chikyu's new mud gas monitoring system, with preliminary data from Exp 337.

  9. Recent trends surrounding global environmental problems (June to September 1994); Chikyu kankyo mondai wo meguru saikin no doko (1994 nen 6 gatsu - 9 gatsu)

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    Higashida, R. [The Institute of Energy Economics, Tokyo (Japan)

    1994-11-01

    This article describes the trends of negotiation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, trends surrounding carbon tax or environment tax, and trends of global environmental problems in Japan. Tenth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in August, 1994. In EU, an action for introducing the carbon/energy tax has been activated for the First Session of the Conference of the Parties. Cooperation of the USA and Russia on the environmental problems has been also activated. Japan has communicated the action plan of individual countries to UN, which is based on the long-term prediction of energy demand and supply. In the Tenth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, the enhancement of CO2 emission control and the standard of joint implementation were mainly discussed. The total CO2 emission of Japan in 2000 is estimated to be 330 million ton, which is larger than the result in 1990 by 10 million ton. However, the amount of emission per person is estimated to about 2.6 ton, which is almost same as in 1990. In Japan, the environment tax has not been discussed, yet. 1 fig., 1 tab.

  10. Fiscal 1997 survey report on the trend of global warming protection measures of substituting freons; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (daitai freon no chikyu ondanka taisaku doko ni kansuru chosa hokokusho)

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    1998-03-01

    The trend survey was conducted of global warming protection measures by participation in international conferences, scientific society meetings and lecture meetings, and by literature surveys. We participated in the international conference on ozonosphere protection measures. In the 9th meeting of the nations which concluded the Montreal Protocol, the strengthening of restrictions on methyl bromide was decided on. In the UNEP solvent technology selection conference and the OORG conference of the World Bank, reports were made on substituting solvents in Japan, activities supporting developing countries, and the developmental trend of urethane use foaming agent. In the international conference on ozonosphere protection measures, introduced were the present status of Japan`s ODA for developing countries and examples of success of the substitution in the solvent field. The paper included nine reports on CFC destruction technology related literature made public in the past one year. The paper also introduced a comparative study of de-HCFC substituting technology at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. EPA`s prediction of emission of fluorine 3 gas, the predicted value of HFC emission and trial calculation of contributing rate in all greenhouse gases by IIR, Green Peace and Elf Atochem, and NOAA`s measured data on SF6 in the atmosphere. 49 refs., 46 figs., 26 tabs.

  11. To cope with new problems of energy situation (Part 3); Energy consumption and global warming. Energy josei no atarashii kadai ni ikani taio suruka (Kenkyu hokoku 3); Energy shohi to chikyu ondanka

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    Ogawa, Yoshiki (The Inst. of Energy Economics, Tokyo, (Japan))

    1990-02-01

    Contributing shares of increase of CO {sub 2}, CH {sub 4}, and N {sub 2} O, to that of greenhouse effect is estimated, by referring to recent scientific knowledge, as 57% by combustion of fossil fuel, 20% by destruction of forest, 9% by agriculture and stock-breeding, and 14% by natural causes. During the past 100 years until 1980, 66% was attributed to CO {sub 2} for increase of green- house effect, contrary to 49% during the decade of 1980s. The most reason why the effect of CO {sub 2} was diminished in that decade was for the reason of increased effect of freon gas, but in future when the abolition of freon is realized, the share of the effect by CO {sub 2} is expected to come back again. Global warming is to be considered for the range of 50-100 years, accordingly, accurate prediction is impossible because assumption for the counteractions affects on the result and unexpectable effects such as war and oil crisis can not be taken into account. In this report, analysis of past senario and that of EPA are conducted to obtain counter-measures to global warming. 16 figs., 10 tabs.

  12. Determining Scientific Projects for the Deep-Sea Drilling Vessel Chikyu

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    Coffin, Millard F.; Given, Holly K.; Eguchi, Nobuhisa

    2013-07-01

    An international, multidisciplinary community workshop convened to define scientific projects for the next decade of scientific ocean drilling utilizing unique capabilities afforded by the drilling vessel Chikyu ("Earth" in Japanese). The meeting, attended by 397 participants from 21 countries, featured 10 keynote lectures. Participants in working groups identified important projects that are fundamental to understanding the Earth system and that require deep penetration of the seafloor.

  13. Measures for global environmental issues using information communication. Results of trial calculation of CO2 reduction reported by the Telecommunication Council; Joho tsushin wo katsuyoshita chikyu kankyo mondai eno taio. Denki tsushin shingikai toshin no CO2 sakugen shisan kekka

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    Fujiwara, T. [Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-11-01

    Telework is an effective work style using information communication without commutation, and ITS is an integrated traffic system such as advanced navigation. Effects of the CO2 emission reduction by these information communication systems were calculated as a trial. Reduction of CO2 4.06 million ton was obtained, which is equivalent to about 7% of the reduction target 56.5 million ton in Japan by 2010. For the items, were obtained 1.29 million ton (MT) by telework, 1.1 MT by ITS, 0.53 MT by the reduction of paper consumption/rejection using LAN, and 0.5 MT by the alternation of movements for international business using Internet (reduction of overseas official trips). In addition, were obtained 0.36 MT by the energy saving with enhanced efficiency of office environment using advanced information communication such as building management information systems, 0.25 MT by the electronic publication and newspaper for the reduction of paper consumption/rejection using electronic media such as CD-ROM, and 0.03 MT by the remote education and at-home education systems. The trial calculations were conducted only for these seven systems, and only for the direct effects using these systems. Accordingly, the result is only a part of the whole. These systems promote to realize a society with reduced environmental loads. 2 tabs.

  14. Prediction of magnitude of minimum horizontal stress from extended leak-off test conducted by the riser vessel CHIKYU

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    Lin, W.; Masago, H.; Yamamoto, K.; Kawamura, Y.; Saito, S.; Kinoshita, M.

    2007-12-01

    By means of introduction of the drilling vessel 'CHIKYU', riser drilling operations using mud fluid will be carried out in NanTroSEIZE Stage 2 for the first time as an oceanic scientific-drilling. For determining drilling operation parameter such as a mud density, a downhole experiment, leak-off test (LOT) or extended leak-off test (XLOT), is going to be implemented next to casing and cementing at each casing shoe during the drilling process. Data of the downhole experiment aimed for operation can also be used for an important scientific application to obtain in-situ stress information which is necessary for various cases of scientific drillings such as seismogenic zone drillings etc. In order to examine feasibility of the application of the LOT or XLOT data, we analyzed an example of XLOT conducted by the riser vessel CHIKYU during its Shimokita shakedown cruise, 2006; and then estimated magnitude of minimum principal stress in horizontal plane, Shmin. Moreover, we will propose the test procedures to possibly improve the quality of stress result from the applications of LOT or XLOT. The XLOT of Shimokita cruise was conducted under following conditions; 1180 m water depth, 525 mbsf (meter below seafloor) depth, 1030 kg/m3 fluid density (seawater) and 80 litter/min injection flow-rate. Estimated magnitude of the Shmin is equal to 18.3 MPa based on the assumption that fracture closure pressure balances with the minimum principal stress perpendicular to the fracture plane. For comparison, the vertical stress magnitude at the depth was estimated from density profile of core samples retrieved from the same borehole; and was equal to 20 MPa approximately. These two values can be considered to be not disagreement. Therefore, we can say that the XLOT data is valuable and practical for estimating the magnitude of minimum horizontal stress. From the viewpoint of determining stress magnitude, the XLOT is more essential rather than the LOT because it might be hardly to obtain

  15. To cope with new problems of energy situation (part 2); Understanding the international trend of rapidly developing global environmental problems. Energy josei no atarashii kadai ni ikani taio suruka (Kenkyu hokoku 2); Kyu tenkai wo miseta chikyu kankyo mondai no kokusaiteki nagare wo toraeru

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    Tomidate, Takao (The Inst. of Energy Economics, Tokyo, (Japan))

    1990-02-01

    It is now world-widely recognized that, though there are many unclear points regarding the effects of environmental problems on society and economics, delayed actions for protecting environment will bring unrecoverable disruption which causes disaster to later generations. Especially, global warming is the most difficult problem to elucidate the phenomenon for finding countermeasure, and influences of it and impacts brought by practising the countermeasures are serious. Among the causes, it is said that most important one is emission of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuel, and most of the countermeasures are focused to that. For the reason, it is understood that effect of the problem on future energy is unconceivably serious. In this report, political aspect of global warming are introduced as ther most important global environmental problems and guidances to the future countermeasures for Japan are explained. 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. FY 2000 report on the results of the development of the program system CO2 fixation/effective utilization technology. Development of the technology to assess global warming gas recovery/emission control by restoring/preserving the tropical mangrove coastal ecosystem; 2000 nendo program hoshiki nisanka tanso koteika yuko riyo gijutsu kaihatsu seika hokokusho. Mangrove nado nettai engan seitaikei no shufuku hozen ni yoru chikyu ondanka gas kaishu hoshutsu yokusei hyoka gijutsu no kaihatsu

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    2001-03-01

    For the purpose of developing the technology to assess the CO2 storage amount using the tropical mangrove coastal ecosystem, survey was conducted in the mangrove tree area in Ishigaki island, Japan and in Trat province, Thailand, and a draft of the assessment method was worked out. As to the assessment of the CO2 existence amount by analysis of satellite pictures, the regression equation between the mangrove existence amount and Landsat satellite data was determined to study a method for assessment of the CO2 storage amount in the whole area for survey. Further, using the relational equation between NDVI and LAI, vegetation indices reflecting vegetation conditions, methods to estimate the CO2 absorption amount by photosynthesis of mangrove tree community, the CO2 emission amount by respiration and the net production amount. Concerning the technology to assess the terrestrial area photosynthesis CO2 absorption amount, methods were studied for direct measurement of the amount of photosynthesis/respiration of the leaf area of mangrove tree community and the respiration amount by area such as trunk, branch and root and for assessment of CO2 absorption amount. Besides, studies were made on a variety of items such as the CO2 absorption/emission amount by underwater photosynthesis/respiration and decomposition of organic substances, the seawater exchange amount, and the rate of decomposition of organic substances. (NEDO)

  17. The first microbiological contamination assessment by deep-sea drilling and coring by the D/V Chikyu at the Iheya North hydrothermal field in the Mid-Okinawa Trough (IODP Expedition 331

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    Katsunori eYanagawa

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available During the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP Expedition 331 at the Iheya North hydrothermal system in the Mid-Okinawa Trough by the D/V Chikyu, we conducted microbiological contamination tests of the drilling and coring operations. The contamination from the drilling mud fluids was assessed using both perfluorocarbon tracers (PFT and fluorescent microsphere beads. PFT infiltration was detected from the periphery of almost all whole round cores. By contrast, fluorescent microspheres were not detected in hydrothermally active core samples, possibly due to thermal decomposition of the microspheres under high-temperature conditions. Microbial contamination from drilling mud fluids to the core interior subsamples was further characterized by molecular-based evaluation. The microbial 16S rRNA gene phylotype compositions in the drilling mud fluids were mainly composed of sequences of Beta- and Gammaproteobacteria, and Bacteroidetes and not archaeal sequences. The phylotypes that displayed more than 97% similarity to the sequences obtained from the drilling mud fluids were defined as possible contaminants in this study and were detected as minor components of the bacterial phylotype compositions in 13 of 37 core samples. The degree of microbiological contamination was consistent with that determined by the PFT and/or microsphere assessments. This study suggests a constructive approach for evaluation and eliminating microbial contamination during riser-less drilling and coring operations by the D/V Chikyu.

  18. The first microbiological contamination assessment by deep-sea drilling and coring by the D/V Chikyu at the Iheya North hydrothermal field in the Mid-Okinawa Trough (IODP Expedition 331).

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    Yanagawa, Katsunori; Nunoura, Takuro; McAllister, Sean M; Hirai, Miho; Breuker, Anja; Brandt, Leah; House, Christopher H; Moyer, Craig L; Birrien, Jean-Louis; Aoike, Kan; Sunamura, Michinari; Urabe, Tetsuro; Mottl, Michael J; Takai, Ken

    2013-01-01

    During the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 331 at the Iheya North hydrothermal system in the Mid-Okinawa Trough by the D/V Chikyu, we conducted microbiological contamination tests of the drilling and coring operations. The contamination from the drilling mud fluids was assessed using both perfluorocarbon tracers (PFT) and fluorescent microsphere beads. PFT infiltration was detected from the periphery of almost all whole round cores (WRCs). By contrast, fluorescent microspheres were not detected in hydrothermally active core samples, possibly due to thermal decomposition of the microspheres under high-temperature conditions. Microbial contamination from drilling mud fluids to the core interior subsamples was further characterized by molecular-based evaluation. The microbial 16S rRNA gene phylotype compositions in the drilling mud fluids were mainly composed of sequences of Beta- and Gammaproteobacteria, and Bacteroidetes and not archaeal sequences. The phylotypes that displayed more than 97% similarity to the sequences obtained from the drilling mud fluids were defined as possible contaminants in this study and were detected as minor components of the bacterial phylotype compositions in 13 of 37 core samples. The degree of microbiological contamination was consistent with that determined by the PFT and/or microsphere assessments. This study suggests a constructive approach for evaluation and eliminating microbial contamination during riser-less drilling and coring operations by the D/V Chikyu.

  19. Warming countermeasure law carries it out; Ondanka taisakuho ga seko

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    1999-06-01

    Law about the promotion of the global warming countermeasure was enforced on April 8. And, a Cabinet meeting decided the basic policy related to the global warming countermeasure on April 9 as the government based on the same law. A country settled on an executive plan for five years, and included grappling with the promotion of saving energy, the development of the new energy and the collection of the fron to attain the goal for a greenhouse effect gas discharge reduction for which to decide it by Kyoto fixed calligraphy with a basic policy. A global warming countermeasure was concluded by law of world for the purpose of prevention of global warming in October, the 10th year of Heisei how to promote it. (translated by NEDO)

  20. Paint indusry and environmental problem. Toryo kogyo to kankyo mondai

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    Osawa, A. (Nippon Oil and Fats Co., Tokyo (Japan))

    1991-10-11

    Relating to the paint industry, introduction was made of environmental problem, particularly trend of the hydrocarbonexhaust regulation, and problem against the global warming gas and acid rain. Environmental pollution matter produced by the paint industry and painting industry being mainly hybrocarbon (organic solvent), the worldwide quantity of hydrocabon exhausted in the atmosphere is estimated to be annually 20 million tons, of which 18%, i.e., an annual quantity of 3.5 million tons is exhausted from the field of paint industry. The role to be played by the paint industry is important for the lowering in pollution by the hydrocarbon. Useful paints for the environmental maintenance comprise high solid paint, aqueous paint, slurry paint, powder paint and UV-hardened paint. The automobile coating is being also changed from the metallic coating to the aqueous coating. Low temperature hardening paint is used for the countermeasures against the global warming gas. For those against the acid rain, urethane hardening, hardening by the acid-epoxy group reaction, hardening by the alkoxyl froup reaction and other hardenings are developed to replace the conventional hardening by the melamine resin for heightening in acidproofness of paint film. 5 ref., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  1. Reincarnation platn of globe. Chikyu saisei keikaku ni tsuite

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    Matsuyama, T. (Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, Tokyo (Japan))

    1990-11-30

    The period of 200 years since the Industrial Revolution has taken for the occurence of global warming up problem, and it may require to face the problem comprehensively and for long period of 100 years unit to resolve it. This reincarnation plan of globe aims to reincarnate the changed global environment hereafter by using time of about 100 years, and proposes to make the comprehensive and long term actions to suppress and reduce exhaust gases resulting the greenhouse effect by the cooperation of all nations in the world. In the former 50 years, feasible countermeasures such as deepenung of scientific knowkedges, promotion of worldwide energy saving, introduction of clean energy, development of revolutional environmental technology, expansion of CO {sub 2} absorbing sources, and technological development of energy for the next generation will be executed continuously. In the latter 50 years, the gas exhausting amount resulting the green house effect will be reduced and suppressed from these results. Owing to these measures, the reduction of gas resulting the greenhouse effect which exceeds the expectation, can clean the globe after 100 years because the cleaning results will be incorporated into the natural circulation and the green globe will be reincarnated. 1 fig., 1 tab

  2. Problem on environmental hormone (endocrine disturbing chemicals); Kankyo horumon (naibunpi kakuran kagaku busshitsu) mondai ni tsuite

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    Tawarada, T. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)

    2000-02-10

    This paper describes a problem on environmental hormone. Various chemicals discharged into environment act as hormone- like or anti-hormone-like substance. Since many such chemicals act as female hormone-like substance, those are called '(exogenous) endocrine disturbing chemicals' or 'environmental hormone'. Such chemicals include already regulated toxic PCB and dioxin, and a large amount of plastic raw materials, plasticizer and surfactant with no acute toxicity. The action mechanism of endocrine disturbing chemicals is as follows. Those bond with acceptors in place of hormone, and give incorrect directions to genes. Those may cause various disorders such as reproduction anomaly, development anomaly, immune toxicity and neuro-toxicity over several ages. For wild animals, some conceivable effects are being revealed. Since living organisms have various specificities and various experiments possible for animals are impossible for mankind, many obscure points remain unsolved. This paper presents various approaches in Japan. (NEDO)

  3. Dealing with problems on sexual harassment in universities; Sekuhara mondai niokeru daigaku no torikumi

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    Michiue, Masanori. [Tottori University, Tottori (Japan)

    1999-06-01

    Authors carried out the outside evaluation that the education system, equipment from curriculum and results of faculty staff were checked by not only self-inspection and evaluation but also insight people outside the faculty in the engineering faculty in the Tottori University. As one part of this evaluation, a guideline to the sexual harassment was made. After then, a guideline to the sexual harassment in each university was completed after learned from the example of the Tottori University. This kind of regulation was made in offices of each ministry and agency, self governing body and company according to the direction of the National Personal Authority. Until recent time, the regulation related to student discussion on the sexual harassment was set up in whole the Tottori University, an environment to make students study at ease was adjusted. These items had the regulation related to student discussion, protection, guideline, when damage happened, and the student discussion room. These items were listed in the student living guideline on the homepage of the Tottori University. (NEDO)

  4. Plastic packaging materials and environmental problems. Plastic hosozai to kankyo mondai

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    Uemura, T. (Sekisui Plastics Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan))

    1992-05-01

    This paper describes the recent trends in the environmental problems created from used plastic packaging materials. The 23 wards of the city of Tokyo produce refuses daily of 12,000 tons (1990), with plastics accounting for 15% by volume. Discussions to deal with plastic refuses that are bulky and standing out began as early as in 1971 when the disposal study meeting was inaugurated. As a result, wastes from polyvinyl chloride sheet for agricultural green houses had 40% recovered and recycled out of 100,000 tons generated annually, and styrofoam wastes at 10% of 150,000 tons. The wastes disposal law and the recycling law were established in 1991 aiming at reducing volume of wastes, promoting re-utilization, and assuring appropriate disposal methods and facilities. The Wastes Re-utilization Association was organized to handle styrofoam wastes that are attracting strong attention recently, the association having begun its activities with a good start. It is expected that styrofoam wastes will be molten thermally and regenerated into the same styrofoam products. Styrofoam could be more energy saving and resource saving material than paper cups. 6 refs., 10 figs., 5 tabs.

  5. Problems of adhering organisms in power stations. Hatsudensho ni okeru fuchaku seibutsu no mondai

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    Sakaguchi, Isamu (Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan))

    1989-01-05

    Much seawater is used in thermal power station in Japan to cool condensers but organisms adhered on the water channel system result many troubles such as increase of flowing resistance, reduction of thermal transfer efficiendy, corrosion or erosion-corrosion of condenser pipes, and cleaning difficulty for periodic inspection. Living organisms range from micro bacteria of 2 mum to oysters and others of about 10cm size. For these reasons, the intake open channel is previously designed to larger size and this margin is called the shellfish allowance. Mussels which adhere most on circulating water channels, are one of Bivalvia, grow to 3-6cm and in maximum case to 9cm in a year. These adhere on the surface base by secreting adhesive disc consisting of byssus. Barnacles are one of Crustacea and their larvas search preferable places as to light, roughness and water flow and can adhere on a place in considerably rapid water flow. Other organisms are bacteria and Hydrozoa. Many problems are caused by these organisms even now. 8 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. Application of genetic algorithms to service restoration in distribution system. Fuka yuzu mondai eno identeki algorithm no tekiyo

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    Fukuyama, Y.; Ueki, Y. (Fuji Electric Co. R and D Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))

    1994-04-10

    This paper describes genetic algorithms to decision on power supply feeders for each load in service restoration in a distribution system. Service restoration is a power supply distribution operation that calls for a system switching operation for retransmission when a non-service restoration section has occurred due to feeder failures. The operation determines the on-off condition of switches and decides the power supply feeders. The power supply feeder decision formulates as an objective function that minimization of the total sum of the load amount in load nodes that may cause a power failure under such conditions as radiation-formed loads, power supply capacity restriction, and transport pass restriction, and averaging of the reserve supply power. The genetic algorithm that derives the optimal solution thereof has the advantage that it does not use the gradient of the evaluation function and increase the calculation speed by means of parallel processing. The formulation by means of the genetic algorithm uses a string expression method, which reduces the string length and decaying strings. The method derives solutions by evaluating the set strings and repeating such processes as the crossing (partial replacement of service restoration conditions), the modified operator (modifies the strings to meet the restrictions) and sudden change (change in power supply direction in one load). 19 refs., 12 figs.

  7. Investigations on forests from viewpoints of global environment; Shinrin no chikyu kankyoteki shiten kara no chosa

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    1996-03-01

    Forests have become drawing attention as an absorption source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse effect gas. This paper discusses significance of forests from viewpoints of their roles as diverse ecological systems and socio-economic values. Forest is a place for living and resting of all kinds of living organisms including plants, animals and microorganisms. Living forms in forests being affluent in kinds and large in amount bring great favor to human societies. Forests play diversified roles other than biological roles in addition to largely affecting heat distribution on the ground through evapotranspiration. These roles include suppression of erosion on ground surface, alleviation of micro climate by reducing wind velocity on the ground, and disaster prevention. Forests have an aspect of supply source of production resources for societies as well as an aspect of unused lands. Efficiency of converting solar energy by plants looks inferior to that of solar cells. Biomass may be regarded as regenerative energy limited to a case where excess production is utilized. 142 refs., 56 figs., 44 tabs.

  8. Research report on the trend of preventive measures against global warming by substituting CFCs; Daitai freon no chiku ondanka taisaku doko ni kansuru chosa hokokusho

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    1997-03-01

    This paper reports the research results on the present state and future trend of protective measures for the ozone layer, and the trend of preventive measures against global warming by substituting CFCs such as HFC, through international conferences, meetings and lecture meetings, and literature survey. In the 8th meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, it was presented that refrigerator producers in Thailand phased out CFCs from their products earlier than the schedule in cooperation with Japan. The final draft including the approval of essential use from 1997 to 2002 was reviewed, and reported to the technology/economy assessment panel. Reduction of ozone depleting substances was guided in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. The latest trend of substituting technologies of HCFC was surveyed, and the control trend of F-containing greenhouse effect gas emission was also surveyed through the conference of the parties of climate change in fiscal 1996. Based on the IPCC report in 1995, the emission amount of greenhouse gases of nearly 10% in contribution such as CO2, methane and fluorocarbon was arranged. R and D on destruction of CFCs was also surveyed. 35 refs., 54 figs., 32 tabs.

  9. Method for solving an inverse problem of wing type by using a simple panel method; Kanbenna panel ho ni yoru yokugata gyaku mondai no ichikaiho

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    Ando, J.; Matsumoto, D.; Maita, S.; Nakatake, K. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-10-01

    This paper describes one method for solving an inverse problem of wing type based on the source and quasi continuous vortex lattice method (SQCM) in designing marine propellers and underwater wings. With the SQCM, vortices and control points are distributed on wing camber according to the QCM, and wing surface is divided into certain number of panels. This is the method to decide vortex intensity and blow-out intensity simultaneously from the condition that vertical speed on the camber and the wing surface is zero, upon having distributed blow-out with certain intensity inside the panel. The method solves the inverse problem with the following process: specific point distribution is so determined that the targeted velocity on the wing surface is satisfied when wing surface pressure distribution and uniform flow velocity are given; and then the panels are so rearranged as in parallel with direction of the flow on the surface of the wing calculated by using these specific points to derive the targeted wing shape. This paper describes the problem solving procedure in great detail. It also introduces examples of numerical calculations. It shows one method for solving the inverse problem in wing type using the SQCM as a simple panel method, whereas its good convergence and stability were verified. Considerations on effects of free surface and expansion of the method into three-dimensional problems will be implemented in the future. 11 refs., 8 figs.

  10. Solution to non-steady two-dimensional hydrofoil problems by using a simple panel method; Kantanna panel ho ni yoru hiteijo nijigen`yoku mondai no kaiho

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    Maita, S.; Ando, J.; Nakatake, K. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-10-01

    A simple panel method, the source and quasi continuous vortex lattice method (SQCM) was expanded to two-dimensional non-steady hydrofoil problems. Discussions were given on the results of calculations on two-dimensional hydrofoils making a simple non-steady motion. In calculating hydrofoils which move suddenly from a still state with angle of elevation {alpha} at a velocity U, the following results were obtained: the time differential item in a pressure equation gives a considerably strong effect on lifting power; and the lifting power converges to a steady state with lapse of time, and the lifting power coefficient in that state shows that the lifting power increases as hydrofoil thickness increases. This result agrees with the hydrofoil thickness effect in the two-dimensional steady problem, proving the reasonability of this calculation method. In the calculations of time history of the lifting power acting on hydrofoils passing a sinusoidal gust and hydrofoils in a pitching motion, the calculated values from the SQCM were found to approach analysis solution to thin hydrofoils as the hydrofoil thickness becomes thinner for both cases. This result also proves the result of calculations on non-steady state by using the SQCM reasonable. 11 refs., 10 figs.

  11. Report of the researcher exchange promotion project on the environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region; Asia/Taiheiyo chiiki kankyo mondai kenkyusha koryu sokushin jigyo hokokusho

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    1997-03-01

    Proposals have been made for the establishment of a network (ETERNET-APR) linking those involved in the research and development of environmental technology in the Asia-Pacific region in order to limit the environmental impact of industrial activity. By pursuing active exchanges of information and personnel, researchers in environmental technology in the Asia-Pacific region have been making serious efforts to establish such a network. This fiscal year, the Internet Web site of the ETERNET-APR has been created using the data collected to date. This database includes information on some 350 researchers and 200 research projects from seven countries. The first international symposium was successfully held at Environmental Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (ERIC), hosting 200 environmental researchers from 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Tripartite sister laboratories ties among the National Institute for Resources and Environment (NIRE) and three Korean laboratories were forged. The sister laboratory project between ICETT and ERIC is also proving effective. These successes prove that intraregional joint research, the objective of ETERNET-APR, has begun to take shape in this year

  12. Genetic algorithm based on virus theory of evolution for traveling salesman problem; Virus shinkaron ni motozuku identeki algorithm no junkai salesman mondai eno oyo

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    Kubota, N. [Osaka Inst. of Technology, Osaka (Japan); Fukuda, T. [Nagoya University, Nagoya (Japan)

    1998-05-31

    This paper deals with virus evolutionary genetic algorithm. The genetic algorithms (GAs) have been demonstrated its effectiveness in optimization problems in these days. In general, the GAs simulate the survival of fittest by natural selection and the heredity of the Darwin`s theory of evolution. However, some types of evolutionary hypotheses such as neutral theory of molecular evolution, Imanishi`s evolutionary theory, serial symbiosis theory, and virus theory of evolution, have been proposed in addition to the Darwinism. Virus theory of evolution is based on the view that the virus transduction is a key mechanism for transporting segments of DNA across species. This paper proposes genetic algorithm based on the virus theory of evolution (VE-GA), which has two types of populations: host population and virus population. The VE-GA is composed of genetic operators and virus operators such as reverse transcription and incorporation. The reverse transcription operator transcribes virus genes on the chromosome of host individual and the incorporation operator creates new genotype of virus from host individual. These operators by virus population make it possible to transmit segment of DNA between individuals in the host population. Therefore, the VE-GA realizes not only vertical but also horizontal propagation of genetic information. Further, the VE-GA is applied to the traveling salesman problem in order to show the effectiveness. 20 refs., 10 figs., 3 tabs.

  13. Trend survey of the global environment adaptation type industrial technology. Chikyu kankyo tekiogata sangyo gijutsu doko chosa. ; Chikyu kankyo kanren kenkyu doko no chosa (nisanka tanso no kankyo fuka teigensaku ni kansuru chosa kenkyu)

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    1992-03-01

    The paper studies the measures for reduction of environmental load of CO2 from the standpoint of chemical technology. As for methanol synthesis from CO2, accelerating of the reaction using Cu base compound catalyst is reported. Also, CO2 is methanated at high speed by low temperature waste heat using Ni-La2O3-Ru catalyst. Discussions are given on the subject for development of catalyst reaction relating to hydrogen production technology by methane reforming reaction using steam or CO2. Synthesis of polymetric materials by use of CO2 is also described. The paper mentions that it is indispensable to design high-function electrode and elucidate the reaction mechanism of electrochemical CO2 reduction for electrochemical and photochemical CO2 reduction measures. Moreover, in case of using solar energy, it is required to study photovoltaic excitation process in semiconductor electrode/ electrolyte solution interface. For production of hydrogen from CO2 by photosynthetic organisms and solar energy, the problem is control of inhibiting effect of oxygen combinedly produced. Described are production of polyhydroxy butyric acid and biodegradable polymer from CO2 and hydrogen by bacteria, and CO2 fixation imitating the enzyme reaction. 267 refs., 79 figs., 32 tabs.

  14. Report on the invitation program for developing countries concerning technology promotion project of global environmental industry in FY 1997; 1997 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu suishin jigyo ni kakawaru chikyu kankyo kanren gijutsu kaigai kenkyusha shohei jigyo hokokusho

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    1998-03-01

    In an effort to help preserve the global environment, International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT) contributes to the solution of global environmental problems by promoting research exchanges with developing countries. As a part of this effort, ICETT hosted an environmental development researcher who visited Japan from the Institute of Environmental Research of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The invitation was extended at the request of NEDO. During the period of this investigation between September 16 and December 14, 1997, a photocatalyst was prepared and its performance was evaluated under the theme ``Application of photocatalysis to purification of atmospheric environment.`` At the same time, roadside test spots were inspected to study the practical application of optical photocatalysis. The visiting researcher also visited the National Institute for Resources and Environment to discuss with the staff of institute. This helped to deepen understandings of the state of air pollution problems confronting Japan, Europe, and North America, as well as issues related to the technologies that have been developed to solve these problems. The visiting researcher toured the RITE and examined Japan`s progress in the development of environmental control technology through joint research involving government, industry, and academia. At ICETT, the visiting researcher received training in Japan`s approaches to environmental problems in developing countries

  15. The First D/V Chikyu IODP Operations: Successful Logging and Coring During NanTroSEIZE Stage 1 Expeditions

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    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE is a multi-expedition IODP drilling project aimed at drilling, coring, logging, and instrumenting the seismogenic zone of an active subduction margin , in a region thought to generate megathrust earthquakes of magnitude >8.0 on the moment-magnitude scale (Tobin and Kinoshita, 2006. The Nankai Trough, offshore of the Kii Peninsula, Honshu, Japan (Fig. 1 was chosen as the location for thisproject based on a number of scientific drilling proposals to IODP. These reviewed existing drilling data in the region, the long-term historical and recent record of great earthquakes, the social and societal relevance of the area, and the accessibility of the seismogenic zone to present drilling technology. The first stage of this multi-stage project was intended to accomplish a broad characterization of the shallow geology, geophysics, physical properties, heat flow, and fluid flow in a transect across the downgoing Philippine Sea Plate, the toe of the Nankai accretionary prism, the megasplay fault zone region on the continental slope, and the Kumano Basin that lies between the accretionary prism and the KiiPeninsula, on the continental shelf (Fig. 2.

  16. Global sea level change and the response of solid earth; Kaisuijun hendo ni taisuru kotai chikyu no yakuwari

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    Murakami, Y. [Geological Survey of Japan, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1997-05-27

    A review was given on the theory that sea level change having occurred in the past 20,000 years has given a great impact on patterns of upheaval and subsidence of the islands of Japan. Nakada has summarized distribution of underwater remains in the western part of Kyushu and estimated values of sea surface altitude in 6000 years ago, and used this conceptional chart to propose a crust upheaval mechanism by using hydroisostasy. More specifically, this is a model that crust which has subsided due to rise in the sea level has created flows of mantle, causing upheaval of the crust in land areas. This viewpoint requires further accumulation of data and verification of the theory in areas other than the western part of Kyushu. It is important to consider the effect of sea level change also in studying processes of subsidence and sedimentation in sedimentary basins including Osaka Bay. The currently available theories use analysis solutions on stratified ground, but does not consider topographical profiles from land areas to sea areas. As this topographical effect is thought extremely important, it is necessary to develop a two-dimensional cross section analyzing method by using the finite element method. 6 refs., 3 figs.

  17. Geochemical study on magmatic water. Part 1. Jitsuzai no magumasui (1); Magumasui no chikyu kagakuteki kenkyu (1). Actual magmatic water

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    Iwasaki, I. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan)

    1997-03-31

    Magmatic waters are the water contained in magma and the water originated directly from magma, and the latter originated directly from magma is generally called magmatic water. All the magmatic water produced from magma is not necessarily primordial water. Magma emanation is separated from magma, and gradually provided with various characteristics by such phenomena as reaction and mixing with materials in the passage until it erupts to the ground surface as volcanic emanation. In regard to studies on actual magmatic water, descriptions are made on magmatic water, residual magmatic water, as well as magmatic water and the quantity of emanation of Miharayama, a volcano in Izu Oshima. Various kinds of volcanic emanation and magma water are produced from the same lava which is the ground surface magma, even in the same place due to difference in the passage of time since the emission of volcanic emanation and physical and chemical environmental changes (atmospheric phenomena, weather, temperature, and wind velocity). An instance of the presence of various types of magma water is introduced. 37 refs., 5 figs., 7 tabs.

  18. Global Environment, human activity, and recycling of resources. Chikyu kankyo to ningen katsudo ni okeru shigen recycling

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    Nakahiro, Y.; Wakamatsu, T. (Kyoto Univ., Kyoto (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)

    1991-04-18

    Discussion is made on the recycling of resources which is one the very important problems for the global environment and human activity. In consideration of the limited natural resources and utilization by the human race of the resources for long, recycling of resources'' for saving resources is extremely important. The scale of the waste treatment industry in Japan is estimated to be between 4 to 5 trillion yen which exceeds 1% of the GNP with the trend of increase year by year, and the industrial waste treatment industry is taking root in Japan. Recycling'' can be grouped in three methods, i.e. recovery of materials, conversion of materials, and conversion of energy. The primary object of recycling is to spare resources and save energy. Recycling is of deep significance from the viewpoint of energy saving. There is a big merit in the conservation of dumping sites. Making best use of the useful secondary resources in the wastes is directly connected with the solution to the problems of prolongation of resources'' and conservation of global environment'' with which the human race is now confronted. 7 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. Advanced technology for environmentally friendly dry battery. Chikyu ni yasashii kandenchi no kaihatsu (kandenchi no musuigin, mu cadmium ka gijutsu)

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    Kawai, O.; Miyasaka, K.; Maeda, M. (Toshiba battery Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))

    1992-04-01

    A dry battery was developed that does not contain mercury and cadmium having been used in carbon-zinc batteries and alkaline batteries. This paper describes its summary. Mercury in carbon-zinc batteries is used as a corrosion inhibitor for zinc, and cadmium is used to retain mechanical strength of zinc cans. Surfactants and metal oxides were used as a corrosion inhibitor in place of mercury, added into separators. Magnesium was adopted to substitute cadmiun, and the required mechanical strength was obtained. Mercury in alkaline batteries prevents corrosion in zinc particles (which generated hydrogen gas) and gas generation from impurities (iron and others), and plays roles of improving contacts among zinc particles and suppressing electric resistance low. Discussions were given on zinc alloy composition and corrosion inhibitors to replace the mercury having these roles. For zinc alloy, an alloy using lead with less gas generation and excellent discharge characteristics and bismuth as an added element was adopted. 3 refs., 9 figs.

  20. Technical survey of the New Earth 21. DNE-21 simulation database; Chikyu saisei keikaku gijutsu chosa. DNE21 simulation database

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    1997-03-01

    This report describes calculation codes of DNE-21 which can simulate the optimization model for reducing CO2. The improvement of it is also described. The DNE-21 was modified from the former NE-21. The term was set between 2000 and 2100. Optimization can be conducted across the different time. Non-conventional petroleum was removed from the primary energy. Capacity of nuclear power generation facilities was taken in the model for the optimization. Decision making analysis can be done by considering the uncertainty. In addition, energy saving effect can be incorporated by introducing innovated technologies, and methanol synthesis from CO2 can be treated. For the absorption of CO2 in air by biomass, the absorption amount was assumed to be in proportion to the afforestation area. The afforestation costs were given in individual grades. Furthermore, a carbon circulation model was linked, by which the CO2 concentration in air in the future can be predicted from the artificially emitted CO2 amount. 2 figs.

  1. Plumbing systems to cope with the global environmental age; Chikyu kankyo jidai ni mukete no kyuhaisui eisei system

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    Ogawa, M.

    1998-01-05

    Tasks to be fulfilled in relation to the plumbing system for reduction in environmental loads are discussed. They are the effective use of water (saving), extension of equipment life, and the adoption of materials imposing less load on the environment (ecomaterial). In the case of a hot-spring hotel M of Tottori Prefecture, water saving efforts are exerted by guiding the hot-spring water through a radiation coil placed in a fall-provided pond for temperature reduction. In the case of a hot-spring hotel S of Iwate Prefecture, for the effective utilization of hot-spring water gushing out in abundance, a heat exchanger is installed for exchanging heat between the hot spring water and city water. The thus-warmed city water is fed to room baths and to taps in the public bath, and the hot water overflowing the public bath is utilized as the heat source for a wastewater heat recovery heat pump before being discharged into the river. As for equipment life extension, there is for instance the case of vinyl chloride pipe which has been in use for the purpose of cost reduction. Since it is expected that the life of plastic pipes will be more than 10-20 years longer than that of metal pipes, it has become necessary to consider the issue of ecomaterials. 5 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs.

  2. Project to promote the technical development of global environmental industries. International research exchange project; Chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. Kokusai kenkyu koryu jigyo

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    1996-03-01

    Exchanges with researchers/research institutes in overseas countries have an important meaning in promoting the research and development toward the creation of new research fields where the solution to the environmental problem is aimed at and toward the construction of new technological systems. Therefore, under the cooperation of Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), and RITE related researchers and societies, given were invitation and dispatch of researchers to international conferences and symposia involved in the global environment related technology, and exchanges with major overseas research institutes/universities. At the same time, based on the short-term invitation and dispatch so far given, a system was established for medium- and long-term dispatch/invitation of researchers who are thought to hold an important position in the future research activities. From the results obtained, domestic and foreign exchanges relating to the latest research could be promoted. In addition, researches in the basic domain related to the global environmental technology were advanced in a variety of fields overseas. The numbers of invitation and dispatch given in fiscal 1995 were 12 and 13, respectively, the results of which were included in this paper. 121 refs., 74 figs., 11 tabs.

  3. Geothermal reservoir engineering. 10. reservoir management (2) geophysical monitoring; Chonetsu choryuso kogaku. Dai10kai choryuso kanri (2) chikyu butsurigakuteki monitaringu

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    Ishido, T. [Geological Survey of Japan, Tsukuab (Japan)

    1999-12-15

    When fluid production from a geothermal reservoir is started, fluid inflow from the reservoir surroundings and reduction zones starts following a pressure decrease in the production zone. For grasping the conditions of a reservoir after the start of production, a geophysical monitoring technique attracts attention. It is an indirect technique compared with drilling observation, but it will be more widely used in the future in grasping macroscopic variation in relation with thermal energy production. This paper describes a monitoring technique on the basis of gravity and natural electric potential as well as an analytical technique on the basis of a reservoir mathematical model. NEDO is presently engaging in by the schedule of 1997-2004. As the results of this project, it is expected that analytical techniques to apply various monitoring techniques and obtained data to history matching are developed as practical techniques. (NEDO)

  4. Survey on forest from the viewpoint of global environment. Part 2. Case study on afforestation; Shinrin no chikyu kankyoteki shiten kara no chosa. 2. Shokurin case study

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    1997-03-01

    In order to study the meaning and possibility of biomass energy, the imaginary cycle was proposed which is composed of fuel production through afforestation and energy conversion by power plant. Industrial afforestation was introduced into Southeast Indonesia where late recovery from forest loss by slash-and-burn method and deforestation is pointed out. Acacia Mangium was selected as a rapid growth tree. For operation of a 10MW class direct combustion thermal power plant of 21% in efficiency, biomass plantation of 9000ha and workers of 650 were necessary. The generated energy/input energy ratio of 3.71 showed a well energy balance. If this cycle is substituted for existing thermal power plants using fossil fuel, reduction of CO2 emission to 1/7-1/16 is possible. The power cost including no construction cost is estimated to be $0.0319/kWh. This cycle is thus promising as business because of the current power rate of $0.066/kWh in Indonesia. Although the profitability of this cycle is inferior to power generation using fossil fuel, this cycle will be valuable enough from a political standpoint in consideration of recovery and treatment of CO2. 31 refs., 26 figs., 47 tabs.

  5. Survey of effects of enhancement of the energy supply/demand structure on the global environment. 3; Energy jukyu kozo kodoka chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa. 3

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    1996-03-01

    For the purpose of studying how the energy supply/demand structure in Japan should be, a report on the secondary IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) evaluation was analyzed. Possibilities of reducing the world CO2 emissions in association with the energy consumption were studied in the five assumed cases. Every case says that CO2 can be reduced to 1/3 of the 1990 level by 2100. In a case of the use of biomass as main fuel (1), the use of primary energy is suppressed to two times the 1990 level, and photovoltaic/wind/biomass power generation is introduced in a large quantity. Synthetic methanol and hydrogen are used for transportation and commercial/residential use fuels. There are four more assumed cases: the use of nuclear power as a substitute for renewable energy in the power generation in (1), the use of natural gas of 1.5 times that used in (1), the substitution of coal for biomass used in (1), and the assumption that the demand for primary energy in 2100 will be twice that used in (1). In Japan it is assumed that basically the nuclear power generation will be expanded, that the photovoltaic and waste power generation will be introduced in a large quantity, and that synthetic methanol and hydrogen are mainly used as transportation and commercial/residential use fuels. It is necessary, therefore, to analyze conditions under which the quantity introduction of such non-fossil energy is made possible. 11 figs., 31 tabs.

  6. Survey of implementation plan constructed for `the New Earth 21 Project`; Chikyu saisei keikaku no jisshi keikaku sakusei ni kansuru chosa jigyo

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    1997-03-01

    It is necessary to establish scenarios for reducing CO2 emissions and for developing CO2 emission control technologies to obtain a global consensus, using appropriate analytical models. For modification of the DNE-21 (Dynamic New Earth 21) model, it has a category designated as innovative technologies not involving CO2 emission and an optional consideration for the absorption of atmospheric CO2 by biomass. A global carbon circulation model, including vegetation in its scope, is also incorporated. Major results of the simulation are shown. When 20% reduction in CO2 emissions is required for only OECD countries after the year 2020, it has been demonstrated that CO2 concentration in the atmosphere will reach as high as about 900 ppm in 2100 due to CO2 emission by developing countries, and will not be a tolerable level. Under the condition that CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is controlled at 450 ppm in 2100, the amount of renewable source of energy from photovoltaic power generation and biomass will increase and technologies of CO2 recovery and storage will decrease. Research and development of the production of methanol from recovered CO2 will be adopted as innovative technology for CO2 measures. 69 refs., 112 figs., 79 tabs.

  7. Global environment assessment survey by advancing the energy demand and supply structure. 4; Energy jukyu kozo kodoka chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa. 4

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    1997-03-01

    To investigate the energy demand and supply structure in Japan, the international trend of approaches to global warming problems and the mitigation options to global warming in the energy related sectors have been surveyed. For the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an Ad-hoc Group has discussed relevant topics after the 1st conference of the Parties. Meetings of the Group primarily focused on what objectives to set for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in and in and after 2000. IPCC completed their Technical Paper in November 1996 in which technologies and measures to reduce GHG emissions and to enhance GHG sinks were analyzed and evaluated in various aspects. This Paper discusses about each sector of institutional buildings sector, transport sector, industrial sector, and energy supply sector. Especially, in the energy supply sector, promising approaches to reduce future emission include more efficient conversion of fossil fuels, switching to low-carbon fossil fuels, decarbonization of flue gas and fuels, CO2 storage, switching to nuclear energy, and switching to renewable sources of energy. 5 refs., 2 figs., 14 tabs.

  8. Research information network survey of innovative technology for the earth. 2; Chikyu kankyo taisaku gijutsu no kenkyu joho network chosa. 2

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    1997-03-01

    In order to construct the information network system for a research of innovative technology for the earth, a prototype has been made. To draw necessary functions for the information network system, an information flow in a general research work is analyzed to classify it based on the functions. The information collecting function, information accumulating and sharing function, special information system for research, information providing function, and communication function of the net work correspond to the collecting information, accumulating information, being engaged in research, providing information, and communication of researcher`s actions, respectively. The services on network system supposed from these functions are the homepage search mailing list, intranet service, special information system for research, WWW Internet broadcasting, and BBS/news/conference tool, respectively. It was found that latest Internet technology enabled to construct easily controlled system environment for users and WWW would develop as a standard communication tool. 2 refs., 26 figs., 27 tabs.

  9. Influence of hydrothermal flux on arsenic geochemical balance of seawater. Kaisuichu no hiso no chikyu kagaku balance ni taisuru nessui no eikyo

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    Shikazono, N. (Keio University, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Science and Technology)

    1993-11-05

    It was recently confirmed that a large quantity of hydrothermal solution has been gushing out at back-arc basins and ocean ridges. Therefore, effects of the hydrothermal solution on the seawater composition have been studied in many ways. In this report, balance of arsenic in seawater is investigated since arsenic has a higher concentration in hydrothermal solution than in seawater. Trial calculations are conducted based on the arsenic concentration in hydrothermal solution and the seawater/hydrothermal-solution circulation amount. As a result, it is assumed that the hydrothermal input flux from island-arc/back-arc basins into seawater is much higher than that from ocean ridges. The total hydrothermal input flux is (0.28-5.36) [times] 10[sup 11]g/year, which is equivalent to or higher than that of river flux. The total input flux of arsenic including input from volcanic gas is in the same order as the output flux of arsenic due to the pyrite formation within submarine sediment. It is estimated that the subduction flux into the depth of the crust is lower than the hydrothermal flux from island-arc/back-arc basins. Therefore, it is inferred that most of the arsenic subducted into the crust would be circulated in the ocean. 23 refs., 2 tabs.

  10. Survey for impacts of global environmental issues on utilization of alternative energies for oil; Sekiyu daitai energy riyo chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa

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    1991-03-01

    This paper makes analyses of what policy and technological option each advanced industrial country thinks to take as measures for the global warming problem, at the same time clarifying the trends in international meetings. Analyses are also made of attitudes of developing countries and the international cooperation problem. Among the problems on global warming, an emphasis is placed on introduction of energy saving and what role the development of new energy plays. A positive group consisting mostly of West European countries is advocating a `Go Quickly` approach, while the US representing a prudent group is developing a `Go Slowly` approach. The US is considering afforestation which is useful to absorb CO{sub 2} and methane recovery as technological options. West European countries regard CO{sub 2} fixation as an important option. USSR, East European and developing countries consider that the most feasible and successful CO{sub 2} measures are energy saving/improvement of energy efficiency and forest administration/afforestation. 43 figs., 78 tabs.

  11. Survey for impacts of global environmental issues on utilizations of alternative energies for oil. Sekiyu daitai energy riyo chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa

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    1990-03-01

    An analysis on the factors related to carbon dioxide (CO {sub 2} ) emissions in the past, was conducted. Then, an option menu of measures to prevent global warming including alternative energy-related ones, was discussed. In the industrial world, great contribution to increasing CO {sub 2} emissions made by the economic growth factor has been offset by CO {sub 2} reductions resulting from energy conservation and fuel switching. The Soviet/East European and the developing worlds register increasing CO {sub 2} emissions. Different countries have different views of the key option to be taken in limiting CO {sub 2} emissions. Each of currently available CO {sub 2} reduction measures has its own difficulties, and none of them is able to provide a powerful means to solve global warming problems single-handedly. To begin with, it is essential to produce time to find truly effective limiting and/or adapting measures by slowing global warming as much as possible through comprehensive strategies which call for every possible effort in all the sectors. 83 figs., 92 tabs.

  12. Research on elaboration of the action plan for the New Earth 21; `Chikyu saisei keikaku` no jisshi keikaku sakusei ni kansuru chosa jigyo

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    1996-03-01

    Elaboration of the action plan for the New Earth 21 plan proposed by Japan in Houston Summit was researched. In fiscal 1995 three types of energy supply/demand scenarios, sensitivity analysis under various conditions, and cases presupposing CO2 emission regulations or not were evaluated by analysis toward 2050 using the New Earth 21 Model (NE 21 Model). Energy-saving is important, and CO2 recovery/treatment technology is introduced according to CO2 emission regulations, while attention is focussed on biomass energy. The issue of solar and wind power generation is cost reduction. In a presupposed horizontally integrated energy system, methanol represents an important intermediate energy. As a whole, CO2 reduction can be achieved by various combinations of energy-saving, introduction of regenerative energy, and CO2 recovery/treatment technology. Case studies of the action plan were conducted by unifying the evaluation criterion on coal IGCC, photovoltaic generation and biomass. The NE 21 Model was useful for elaboration of the reduction scenarios of CO2 emission. 26 refs., 84 figs., 28 tabs.

  13. Project to promote the development of global environmental industry technology. Feasibility study of research exchanges; Chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. Kenkyu koryu kanosei chosa

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    1996-03-01

    In fiscal 1995, three teams were organized to study the following subjects: plant genetic and cellular engineering in relation to drought stress; simulation models of global environment for accurate assessment and prediction; the APEC Virtual Center for environmental technology exchange. The team studying plant genetic and cellular engineering in relation to drought stress visited the Department of Botany, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Grunion University, Israel, the Department of Biochemistry and the Office of Arid Lands Studies, Arizona University, the U.S. to survey the present and future trend of the study and feasibility of research exchanges. The team studying simulation models of global environment for accurate assessment and prediction visited Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electric Power Research Institute, and Battle Research Institute in the U.S. to survey feasibility of research exchanges. The team studying the APEC Virtual Center for environmental technology exchange visited institutes in ASEAN countries to survey needs for the Virtual Center. 312 refs., 74 figs., 17 tabs.

  14. Report on fiscal 1995 project to promote an exchange of researchers on environmental problems in the Asia-Pacific region; 1995 nendo itakujigyo (Asia/Taiheiyo chiiki kankyo mondai kenkyusha koryu sokushin jigyo hokokusho)

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    1996-03-01

    For the purpose of solving environmental problems caused in association with the increasing industrial activities in the Asia-Pacific region, the construction of a research network is being advanced aiming at promoting exchanges with researchers of other countries and activating information exchanges. Investigators were sent overseas to grasp the present situation, and researchers participated in a symposium on the APEC environmental technology cooperation for mutual understanding and personal interchange. In the overseas survey, visits were paid mainly to national research institutes and universities in India and Thailand. Positive approval was obtained on the construction of the ETERNET APR (Environmental Technology Research Network in the Asia-Pacific Region). In the symposium on the APEC environmental technology cooperation held in Nagoya, researchers participated mostly in the second session and made earnest discussions with researchers from other countries. The necessity and importance of the network was emphasized. Countries which participated the symposium have problems common to each, and it was greatly significant to meet together and discuss together. The environmental problem is on a global scale, and it is necessary to make close exchange/interchange of information/opinion on a long term basis and to tackle it in the whole Asia-Pacific region. 3 tabs.

  15. Politics of water resources and environmental problem. US-Japan comparative policy history on the public district; Mizushigen kaihatsu to kankyo mondai. Public district no Nichibei hikaku seisakushi kenkyu

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    Mikuriya, T. [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1994-12-15

    With an objective to give some suggestion to the water resources policies for the future Japan, a comparative study was made on the water resources development policies in Japan and the water resources policies in the state of California, U.S.A. The study on Japan has been proceeded empirically based on specific data with regard to the development of electric power policies from the prewar to postwar times when the governmental electric power control was changed to incorporation of the nine electric power companies. The change may be identified from viewpoints of both profit and ideology. Noticing the `public corporations` established one after another for social capitals before and after the establishment of the Liberal Democratic Party, their relation with the water resources development policies was pursued in terms of actual proof and political science. The identity of the public corporations established in and after 1955 stands on the premise of free economy, rather than the controlled economy. This paper positions the water resources development policies in a broader context as the national land plan, and considers the problems that are expanding from flood damages, dam construction, industrial complex construction to environmental problems around the water. Comparative discussions on the Tone river system and the Colorado river system were left as the future assignment.

  16. Let everybody think about energy problems (what to do with energy supply). Electric power storage as a trump to make load flat; Energy mondai wo minnade kangaeyo (energy kyokyu wo dosuruka). Fuka heijunka no kirifuda (denryoku chozo)

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    Yamamoto, T. [Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (Japan)

    1995-09-20

    Difference of electric power load between day and night has been growing due to increase of need for cooling in summer. In the case of Tokyo Electric Power Co., Ltd., the power maximum in a day exceeds 2-fold of the minimum. As a means of making load flat, power storage is a last resort to improve operation efficiency and suppress generation cost. Various technologies for electric power storage are overviewed and a sodium-sulfur (NaS) cell is introduced, whose practical application in near future is expected as a novel technology for power storage. Pumped storage generation has been put into practical use widely, sharing 10% of the overall capacity for generation facilities in Japan. However, since proper sites for its construction have been limited, compensating technologies, using electric cells, air compression, super-conduction and flywheels are in progress of research and development. There are three types of electric cells being under development; NaS, Zinc-bromine, redox flow cells. The NaS cell uses highly active electrodes of Na(+) and S(-), and {beta} alumina as electrolyte, which is neither electron-conductive nor self-discharging. 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Application of hopfield-type neural network to switch planning problem of power distribution system. Denryoku keito no fuka yuzu mondai ni okeru hopfield kei neural network no tekiyo

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    Fukui, C.; Kawakami, J. (Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))

    1991-01-20

    Reserches are actively carried on for neural computing which employs neural network. Hopfield-type neural network is attracting attention as a solution mechanism for combinatorial optimization problems. Most of the reports made on the application of Hopfield-type neural network deal only with equality conditions as the constraints for the optimization problems. Adopting auxiliary variables, a method for the solution, by regular Hopfield-type neural networks, of combinatorial optimization problems including inequality constraints was developed. With the switch planning problem as an example, stability analysis of the energy functions was performed, and conditions for the stabilization were clarified although they are partial. To deal with the inequality constraints, special neurons were introduced which converge to intermediate values between 0 and 1. This method was applied to the switch planning problem of the power distribution system. It was made clear that reasonable solution can be obtained by this method. 10 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. Three-dimensional photovisco-elasto-plastic analysis for axi-symmetrical problems by scattered-light method; Sanran koho ni yoru sanjigen jikutaisho mondai no hikari nendan sosei kaisekiho

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    Hirano, T.; Hayashi, Y. [Kurume Institute of Technology, Fukuoka (Japan); Imai, Y. [Nagasaki University, Nagasaki (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-05-15

    The photo-plastic analysis method is an experimental method which uses transparent polymer material models that show stress and strain behavior similar to the materials to be analyzed, and utilizes their compound refraction effect to analyze stress and strain in the model materials deformed to the plastic region. In using the method, a consideration is required on the effect of strain velocity in order to enhance the analytic accuracy. The consideration was introduced to analyzing stress and strain in three-dimensional axi-symmetrical problems. Three main strain differences in symmetrical cross sections in the case of tension can be calculated from continuous observation on fringe of polarized incident scattered lights from two different directions. Shear strain in a symmetrical cross section in the case of torsion can be derived from the fringe of polarized incident scattered light from the radius direction. A proposal was made on a method capable of estimating shear stress, shear strain, deviatoric stress and strain corresponding to a visco-elasto-plastic model subjected to tension. The method makes the analysis by using measurements on the fringe gradient and the fringe gradient increasing velocity. This analytic method can be applied to the case of torsion. An analysis was performed on the minimum stress distribution in a cross section and the strain distribution by using a cylindrical test piece with a semi-circular notch. As a result, the analytic result was found to agree with that from the finite element analysis, proving its effectiveness. 18 refs., 16 figs.

  19. Trend survey of the global environment adaptation type industrial technology. Trend survey of global environment related studies (researches on measureds for reduction of environmental load of CO2); Chikyu kankyo tekiogata sangyo gijutsu doko chosa. Chikyu kankyo kanren kenkyu doko no chosa (nisanka tanso no kankyo fuka teigensaku ni kansuru chosa kenkyu)

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    1992-03-01

    The paper studies the measures for reduction of environmental load of CO2 from the standpoint of chemical technology. As for methanol synthesis from CO2, accelerating of the reaction using Cu base compound catalyst is reported. Also, CO2 is methanated at high speed by low temperature waste heat using Ni-La2O3-Ru catalyst. Discussions are given on the subject for development of catalyst reaction relating to hydrogen production technology by methane reforming reaction using steam or CO2. Synthesis of polymetric materials by use of CO2 is also described. The paper mentions that it is indispensable to design high-function electrode and elucidate the reaction mechanism of electrochemical CO2 reduction for electrochemical and photochemical CO2 reduction measures. Moreover, in case of using solar energy, it is required to study photovoltaic excitation process in semiconductor electrode/ electrolyte solution interface. For production of hydrogen from CO2 by photosynthetic organisms and solar energy, the problem is control of inhibiting effect of oxygen combinedly produced. Described are production of polyhydroxy butyric acid and biodegradable polymer from CO2 and hydrogen by bacteria, and CO2 fixation imitating the enzyme reaction. 267 refs., 79 figs., 32 tabs.

  20. Fiscal 2000 project for promoting international cooperation for global environment. International information network project for global environment (Survey on information network for environmental technology transfer); 2000 nendo chikyu kankyo kokusai kyoryoku jigyo hokokusho. Chikyu kankyo kokusai joho network jigyo (kankyo gijutsu iten joho network chosa)

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    2001-03-01

    Environmental technology information database has been shown on Internet for the purpose of transferring environmental technologies; in order to reinforce it this year, a viewpoint was directed to developing countries, with research carried out on the environmental preservation information of the Philippines and Thailand. In the research, in view of promoting cleaner production in developing countries, UNEP regional offices, which are active in the operation, and Asian Development Bank were examined, with their methods, plans and strategies of disseminating the cleaner production surveyed. Also, the database was added with the activities by the organizations concerned in Philippines and Thailand. As for the environmental management system ISO14001, some local governments in Philippines and Thailand will presumably acquire ISO14001 in the future to deal with their environmental management; under the circumstances, Miyama Town was chosen that was first in Mie Prefecture to obtain ISO14001, with the details investigated concerning its environmental policy and the acquisition of ISO14001; and, on the basis of the investigation, a database was prepared so that guidelines for environmental management were provided for the local governments. (NEDO)

  1. FY 1999 survey report on the global environment international cooperation promotion project/global environment international information network project. Survey of the environmental technology transfer information network; 1999 nendo chikyu kankyo kokusai kyoryoku suishin jigyo / chikyu kankyo kokusai joho network jigyo. Kankyo gijutsu inten joho network chosa

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    2000-03-01

    At International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer, the following were conducted for enrichment of the environmental technology information: surveys of the state of activities in international organizations and developed countries, cleaner production (CP), ISO, etc. and construction of database. As to the reinforcement of environmental preservation technology information database, enrichment of the data on environmental preservation was attempted mainly about ways of thinking of environmental preservation which brought fruitful results to international organizations overseas. The hierarchization/supplementation were conducted of CP databases which attract much attention especially among developing countries. In the survey of models for environmental preservation, autonomous bodies in Mie prefecture and the certified consultant were taken up to study the process up to the acquisition of ISO14001. The database was so made that it can be a guide for the environmental management in autonomous bodies in developing countries. In the CP survey, as to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), definition/thought were examined in terms of CP, eco-efficiency, pollution prevention, green productivity, etc. (NEDO)

  2. Fiscal 1997 report on the survey of effects of enhancement of energy consumption efficiency on the global environment; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (energy shohi koritsuka chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa)

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    1998-03-01

    The paper surveyed the state of studying the measures against global warming in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and made analyses of the trends of preventive measures for global warming in other countries, aiming at presenting data for studying the future enhancement of energy consumption efficiency in the Asia Pacific region. In the U.S., a report was taken up from Executive Office of the President which is entitled `the federal government R and D of energy for solution to problems in the 21st century.` The report made analyses of the federal government R and D of energy and at the same time recommended an increase in R and D budget and reinforcement of the organization of the Department of Energy. In Europe, the carbon tax, CO2 tax, energy tax, etc. are introduced or studied for reduction of CO2 emissions. OECD made public a report approved in May 1997 which is entitled `the environmental tax and green tax reform.` Also studied were the introduction and effects of the carbon tax aiming at reducing CO2 emissions in developing countries. More attention is being paid to economic effects predicted in case developed countries reinforce various kinds of measures for targeted reduction of greenhouse gases. 2 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. 'Nikkei Global Environment Technology Prize' awarded to the joint research group on regeneration of tropical forest; Nettairin saisei kyodo kenkyu ga 'Nikkei chikyu kankyo gijutsusho' wo jusho

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    Watanabe, T. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)

    1998-11-10

    The tropical forest regeneration technology research group of Kansai Electric Power Company and Kansai Environment Center has been performing the research and development of tropical forest regeneration technology jointly with Indonesia since fiscal 1992. The group was awarded with the Global Environment Technology Prize from Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. As a result of stringent examination on 97 applications, being two times as many as in usual years, the group received high evaluation on the originality, reality and possibility of proliferation of its research, and impacts given to the societies. Two other groups were also selected. The achievements were reported by the representative of the group in the award commemoration lecture at the global environment economist summit held by the Nikkei press the same day. Conventionally, afforestation done with considerable efforts has often been lost by forest fires and slash-and-burn farming, whereas the present research aims at establishing a comprehensive afforestation technology considering social and economic aspects, and CO2 fixation. As one of the choices of flexible measures as a result of the effect of forests having been recognized in COP3, frameworks for utilizing the mechanisms of joint implementation and clean resource development were introduced. Ever increasing expectations are placed on the achievements of the present research works. (NEDO)

  4. Trend survey of the global environment adaptation type industry technology. Chikyu kankyo tekiogata sangyo gijutsu doko chosa. ; Shizen energy ni yoru CO2 global recycle system no kanosei-chosa

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    1992-03-01

    The paper studies a global CO2 recycling system which combines utilization of natural energy and CO2 recovered from combustion of fossil fuel. In the model, CO2 recovered at the place of energy demand is transported to the place where energy is produced, and from the CO2 fuels are synthesized by use of solar energy and transported to the place of energy demand. Facilities worth a large amount of money are required to transmit electric power generated by the photovoltaic power generation in the desert to the fuel synthesizing plant. Therefore, production of electrolytic hydrogen by the on-site power generation and transport by pipe may be considered. As a synthetic fuel being sent back by ocean transport, methanol is considered, and synthetic methane (LNG) can also be a candidate. CO2 is recovered as liquid carbon dioxide. Possibility of CO2 recycling is dependent on development of the desert solar base, as well as depletion of fossil fuel and price increase, CO2 penalty. It has still been difficult to say which of the fuel synthesis, CO2 tanker or securing of the solar base becomes a bottleneck. Entry of recycling fuels to the market will be possible in proportion to restrictions on fossil fuels, and evaluation of the system depends almost on the rate of energy arriving from the energy-producing region. 112 refs., 70 figs. 36 tabs.

  5. Fiscal 1997 report on the survey project on planning to execute `The New Earth 21`; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (`chikyu saisei keikaku` no jisshi keikaku sakusei ni kansuru chosa jigyo)

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    1998-03-01

    Japan proposed in the Houston Summit the New Earth 21 to be carried out with technology development and technology transfer, and to make a concrete development of the project, Japan also proposed in the Tokyo Summit a TREE Plan for working out comprehensive strategies of the innovative technology development. In the CO3 Kyoto Conference in 1997, numerical targets for developed countries were determined which have legal binding force for control/reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the term of 2008-2012. It was agreed to urge developing countries also to play a certain part in the project through the clean development. Therefore, the paper made quantitative analysis of important CO2 prevention technologies, technology transfer costs, and economical assessment by energy conservation. As a model, the DNE 21 model was upgraded and used into which CO2 prevention technologies, energy, economy and climate changes were integrated. In fiscal 1997, the following were carried out: collection of data on important CO2 prevention technologies and systems and analytical assessment using the DNE 21 model, CO2 reduction and selection of energy technology, assessment of energy system costs, construction of the unified DNE 21 model, and opening of the international workshop. 62 refs., 98 figs., 34 tabs.

  6. Case building for the global environment era. Part 1. Introduction of household cogeneration system into HUD building; Chikyu kankyo jidai e mukete no tatemonorei. 1. Kodan jutaku ni okeru jutaku cogeneration donyu no kokoromi

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    Negishi, T. [Housing and Urban Development Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-01-05

    A household cogeneration system is described, to be introduced into an HUD (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) skyscraper, a leading-edge environmental coexistence type of the corporation with 40 stories above ground and one below, total floorage 55,681{sup 2}m, accommodating 462 residences. The energy consumption under the maximum load is approximately 6723MJ/h for cooling, 5379MJ/h for heating, 4613MJ/h for hot water supply, or 1009kW in wattage. The cogeneration system is to have two 100kW city gas engine generators, whose output will be supplied only to common use facilities and heat source rooms in the high-rise building, for corridor lighting, elevators, and pumping. Heat in the gas engine exhaust and waste cooling water is recovered and utilized for hot water supply and heating for the individual residences. Simulation results show that there is an approximately 7.2% saving on energy and, relative to environmental protection, a reduction in CO2 emission of approximately 9% a year. 2 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Research on the general analytical method of fossil fuel cycle from a viewpoint of the global environment. 3; Chikyu kankyo kara mita sogoteki kaseki nenryo cycle bunseki hyoka shuho no chosa. 3

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    NONE

    1996-03-01

    The general analysis/assessment method of a fossil fuel cycle was studied. Seven kinds of power generation plants such as LNG cycle and coal cycle ones, and four kinds of transport and treatment systems of recovered CO2 such as ocean and underground systems were studied as case studies on life cycle analysis. As data necessary for life cycle analysis, the database was constructed which stores the facilities and operational energy required for a total energy system from mining of fossil fuel to treatment of recovered CO2, and the quantity of environmental waste such as CO2 emission. As a result, the decrease rate of energy balance defined as ratio of input energy to power plant output was estimated to be 14-43% and 20-60% in LNG cycle and coal cycle, respectively. Even if the recovery rate of CO2 in power plants reached 80-90%, reduction of total CO2 emission was limited to only 20-40% because of CO2 emission during mining, liquefaction and transport of fuel. 168 refs., 48 figs., 102 tabs.

  8. Chemical and geochemical study on the hot spring. Dogo onsen no fussoion no kigen ni tsuite; Onsen no chikyu kagakuteki kenkyu. The origin of fluoride in Dogo spring group Ehime Prefecture, Japan

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    Maki, T.; Tagashira, K.; Inoue, S.; Takechi, T. [Ehime Prefectural Inst. of Public Health, Ehime (Japan)

    1997-03-31

    Leaching experiments of fluoride ion (F{sup -}) from CaF2 in the solution of CaCl2 (Ca{sup 2+}) and Na2CO3 (CO3{sup 2}) as well as leaching experiments from typical granite in Ehime Prefecture and boring cores obtained at Dogo spa were carried out. Concentration of F{sup -} in water could be controlled by varying the concentrations of Ca{sup 2+} and CO3{sup 2-}. As a result, a relational equation of [Ca{sup 2+}][F{sup -}]{sup 2} = 10{sup -10.39} was obtained. As a result of the leaching experiments of granite and boring core of Dogo spa, high concentration F{sup -} was leached. The leaching of F{sup -} from granite had positive correlation with CO3{sup 2-} and negative correlation with Ca{sup 2+} in the solution, and the concentration was controlled to some extent. Granite and biotite supplied F{sup -} to hot spring water, and had a property of adsorbing Ca{sup 2+} in the hot spring water. Water soluble F{sup -} compound produced from volatile component of magna was assumed to contribute greatly to the origin of F{sup -} supply to hot spring water from granite. 8 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Host rock geochemistry and tectonic setting of the El Roble volcanogenic massive Cu sulfide deposit, Republic of Colombia; Colombia kyowakoku El Roble kazan seikaijo do ryukabutsu kosho bogan no chikyu kagaku to kosho no tectonic setting

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    Shinozuka, M. [Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan). School of Science and Engineering; Mariko, T. [Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan). School of Education

    1997-06-30

    Major and minor elements and mineral chemistry are presented for 19 green rock samples from the El Roble mining area. These rocks are compositionally bimodal ranging from 47.4 to 52.5% SiO2 and from 56.2 to 62.7% SiO2. The basic rocks are divided into three types according to TiO2 content. The type 1 rocks are richest in TiO2 (2.4-2.8%), and their multi-element spider diagrams normalized against N-MORB and other geochemical discrimination diagrams indicate that they are similar to T-MORB or OIB. The type 2 rocks are lower in TiO2 (1.3-1.6%) than those of the type 1, and their multi-element spider diagrams resemble N-MORB, but merge the island arc characteristics together in rather high content of LIL elements. The type 3 rocks are lowest in TiO2 (1.1-1.3%) among the basic rocks and are transitional between MORB and island arc basalt in their multi-element spider diagrams and minor element (Ti, Zr, V and Sr) chemistry. The intermediate rocks, the type 4, are lower in TiO2 (0.2-0.8%) than the type 3 rocks and include boninite. They have the typical characteristics of island arc and/or fore arc in their multi-element spider diagrams with distinct minus anomaly of Nb, and in Ti, Zr, V and Sr contents. The El Roble ore deposit occurs closely related with the type 2 and 3 rocks which have suffered the ocean-floor alteration ranging from greenschist facies to a transition state from greenschist to amphibolite facies. In contrast, the mineral assemblage of alteration minarals in the type 1 and 4 rocks indicate the prehnite-pumpellyite facies. Comparing with the geochemical data for the Recent volcanic rocks at variable tectonic settings, it is estimated that the type 1, 2 and 3 rocks were formed at the back-arc rift and the type 4 rocks at the island arc and/or fore arc. In the process of spreading and closing of the Colombian back-arc basin of Cretaceous age, the El Roble ore deposit probably formed at the spreading axis when it approached to the subduction zone

  10. Environmental evaluation of global impacts caused by industrial activities. LCA of returnable beer bottle; Sangyo katsudo ni yotte shojiru chikyu kankyo impact no teiryoteki hyokaho. Reitoshite, beer bin no LCA

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    Sakamura, H.; Utsuno, F.; Yasui, I. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Institute of Industrial Science

    1995-04-01

    An application is reported of the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) concerning reusable beer bottles (volume: 633cc). Data were collected for examination covering the four stages of natural resource acquisition, bottle production, beer filling and packaging, and distribution and consumption (with the stage of waste management being excluded because of inadequate data). Examination was made of changes brought about in the total energy consumption by varying the five parameters, that is, the number of usage of bottles, transportation distance for empty bottles, cullet ratio in glass manufacturing, transportation distance for cullet, and the bottle weight. It was found that the total energy consumption decreases with an increase in the number of usage of bottles, that an increase in the cullet ratio and a decrease in the bottle weight are effective in decreasing the total energy consumption, and that there is an energy-wise disadvantage when empty bottles are transported over a longer distance without an increase in the number of usage of bottles. 4 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Investigations on a global environment improving technology utilizing biological functions. 2. Structuring a ligno-bioprocess; Seibutsu kino wo riyoshita chikyu kankyo kaizen gijutsu ni kansuru chosa. 2. Riguno bio process no kochiku

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    NONE

    1996-03-01

    Discussions were given to reserve global environments on reducing dependence on fossil resources and more effectively utilizing wood resources. Economically utilizable amount of wastes from lumbering factories reaches about five million tons annually. Discussions were made on a ligno-bioprocess that uses these wastes. The current quantitative production efficiency of cellulase by means of bacterial breeding is very high. A problem is production of ligninolytic enzymes, to which application of the recombinant DNA method is indispensable. Combination of steam explosion with biological decomposition or the organosolv process is an effective method for lignin decomposition. Decomposition of cellulose by using the ultra critical water method is worth noticing. With respect to hemicellulose utilization, production of cellulose derivatives, biodegradable polymers and oligosaccharides would be conceivable by means of esterification and etherification. Vanillinic acid, adhesives, resins and lignin-based polymer materials could be manufactured from lignin. Material cost for these products accounts for about 35% of the product price, thus making the lignochemicals promising commercial products. 301 refs., 71 figs., 39 tabs.

  12. Survey report of FY 1997 on the global environmental industry technology development promotion project. International research exchange project; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho. Chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo (kokusai kenkyu koryu jigyo)

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    1998-03-01

    Exchange of personnel among foreign research organizations is significant for promoting research and development to create new research fields and to build new technological systems for the purpose of solving global environmental problems. For this purpose, researchers were sent/invited to/from international conferences and international symposiums related to global environmental technology and exchange of personnel with major foreign research organizations and universities was conducted under the cooperation of RITE and RITE-related researchers and related academic societies. Based on short-term invitation and sending of researchers as well as the feasibility study of researcher exchange, researchers were sent/invited on long- and mid-terms. As a result, exchange of personnel engaged in the latest research in Japan and overseas could be promoted. It was found that various researches are being conducted abroad in basic areas of global environmental technology. Since they are closely related to the research and development of industrial technology contributing to global environmental preservation promoted by RITE, it is important to establish a more efficient exchange system of researchers in the future. 91 refs., 38 figs., 14 tabs.

  13. Research report for fiscal 1998. Research into the feasibility of exchange of studies for the development and promotion of global environment-related industrial technologies; 1998 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. Kenkyu koryu kanosei chosa

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    1999-03-01

    The above was conducted by Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE). Worldwide collaboration is mandatory for the settlement of environmental problems for the earth, and RITE is positively promoting its interaction with research institutes abroad. In fiscal 1998, it sent research teams to government organizations and research institutes in Europe and America for studies there. A study in Europe involved the preparation of chemicals from CO2 by virtue of novel biotic reactions, and RITE's microbial molecular function laboratory plans to start a leading study in fiscal 1999. In relation with environmental impact reducing technologies using sunlight-aided photocatalysts, visits were paid to three research institutes in America. RITE itself has developed a powdered semiconductor catalyst and is engaged in the study of producing hydrogen by decomposition of water using solar energy. Concerning the production of saccharides out of farm wastes remaining unused, researches were made into the feasibility of joint studies with some advanced research institutes in America. Discussions were made about the performance- and stability-related improvement of enzymes usable for the decomposition of biomass, the analysis of biological environmental circumstances that substance yielding microbes find themselves in under anaerobic conditions, etc. (NEDO)

  14. Research report for fiscal 1998 including researches into global environmental problems. Business report on the promotion of interaction of scientists over environmental problems in the Asia-Pacific region; 1998 nendo Asia/Taiheiyo chiiki kankyo mondai kenkyusha koryu sokushin jigyo hokokusho

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    1999-03-01

    Global environmental problems are growing quite serious in developing countries, yet they are requested to properly deal with them without making light of sustainable development, for which international cooperation and diffusion of technologies for the development of environmental technologies are mandatory. Japan, utilizing what it learned from pollution within in the past and making the best use of its technologies and knowledge for environmental improvement in developing countries in Asia, has been hosting since fiscal 1997 a function of Environmental Technology Research Network in the Asia-Pacific Region function. In fiscal 1998, a fifth international symposium was convened at Science City Center at the foot of Mt. Suzuka on November 26 and 27. The central theme was the development of environmental technologies and international cooperation for developing nations, and the event attracted 180 participants from inside Japan and abroad. A number of concrete themes came out of working groups on water quality, air quality, and energy/waste, which concerned the drafting of propositions for international collaborative researches. As for researches abroad, four typical Malaysian institutes were visited. (NEDO)

  15. Fiscal 1996 report on the results of the R and D under a consignment from NEDO of the technology to fix and effectively use carbon dioxide using bacteria and microalgae (for public); 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo Shin Energy Sangyo Gijutsu Sogo Kaihatsu Kiko itaku (saikin sorui nado riyo nisanka tanso koteika yuko riyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho (kokaiyo))

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    1997-03-01

    For the purpose of contributing to the solution to the global environmental problem, a technology is developed in which by searching for/breeding/developing bacteria, etc. which conduct photosynthesis highly effectively, CO2 is fixed and recycled. The fiscal 1996 R and D is outlined as the utilization of bacteria, microalgae, etc. Obtained were microalgae exceeding the conventional strains in CO2 fixation ability, and bacteria/microalgae excellent in production of polysaccharides, hydrocarbon, lipid, biological active substances, etc. The fundamental study was continued of CO2 integrated enzyme function/reaction system as molecular biological breeding. In the cell fusion, a set-up of conditions for green algae was started. For the confirmation of performance of high dense/quantity culture technology using solar light, further improvement of performance and systematization, 200L scale testing equipment was manufactured. It is a collective reactor and enabled study of ventilation/agitation and control of light strength. A reactor analysis model was constructed. Also including the conversion into useful substances, energy/material balance was systematically studied. Collection of technical literature and information exchanges were made in Japan and overseas. 276 refs., 475 figs., 156 tabs.

  16. Trend survey of the global environment adaptation type industry technology. Feasibility study on CO2 global recycling system by using natural energy; Chikyu kankyo tekiogata sangyo gijutsu doko chosa. Shizen energy ni yoru CO2 global recycle system no kanosei-chosa

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    1992-03-01

    The paper studies a global CO2 recycling system which combines utilization of natural energy and CO2 recovered from combustion of fossil fuel. In the model, CO2 recovered at the place of energy demand is transported to the place where energy is produced, and from the CO2 fuels are synthesized by use of solar energy and transported to the place of energy demand. Facilities worth a large amount of money are required to transmit electric power generated by the photovoltaic power generation in the desert to the fuel synthesizing plant. Therefore, production of electrolytic hydrogen by the on-site power generation and transport by pipe may be considered. As a synthetic fuel being sent back by ocean transport, methanol is considered, and synthetic methane (LNG) can also be a candidate. CO2 is recovered as liquid carbon dioxide. Possibility of CO2 recycling is dependent on development of the desert solar base, as well as depletion of fossil fuel and price increase, CO2 penalty. It has still been difficult to say which of the fuel synthesis, CO2 tanker or securing of the solar base becomes a bottleneck. Entry of recycling fuels to the market will be possible in proportion to restrictions on fossil fuels, and evaluation of the system depends almost on the rate of energy arriving from the energy-producing region. 112 refs., 70 figs. 36 tabs.

  17. Achievement report for fiscal 1998 on the preceding research related to global environment industry technologies. Survey and research on reduction of nitrogen monoxide; 1998 nendo chikyu sangyo gijutsu ni kakawaru sendo kenkyu asanka chisso no haishutsu teigen ni kansuru chosa kenkyu seika hokokusho

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    1999-03-01

    Nitrogen monoxide is a strong greenhouse effect gas having warming up index per molecule 300 times greater than that of CO2, and is designated as the object of reduction in the Kyoto Conference. The present preceding research discusses necessity of performing research and development works related to reducing the emission of nitrogen monoxide, and if it is necessary, places the final objective on proposition of what researches should be planned. Fiscal 1997 being the first fiscal year of the preceding research has surveyed emission amount from different emission sources, and enumerated the research and development assignments. Fiscal 1998 falling under the final fiscal year summarizes the emission amount including the future trends, surveys the feasibility of the promising technological measures through experiments, and proposed finally a research and development plan desired of implementation in the future. The proposal contains a research plan placing development of nitrogen monoxide decomposing catalysts and automobile catalysts as the main objectives. Among the domestic nitrogen monoxide generating sources, about 2/3 is the man-made generation sources, hence catalysts, if developed, may be applied to such facilities as combustion furnaces. (NEDO)

  18. FY 1999 report on the results of the introductory study on the global environmental industry technology. Investigational study on the environmental creation technology by the application of ecosystem information functions; 1999 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu ni kakawaru sendo kenkyu seika hokokusho. Seitaikei joho kino oyo ni yoru kankyo sozo gijutsu ni kansuru chosa kenkyu

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    2000-03-01

    To know the state of environmental pollution before it clearly exists, an investigational study was made on the technology to measure environmental stress at high sensitivity, in wide range and at high speed using functions to respond chemical substances, etc. which living organisms have. The FY 1999 results were outlined. As to the application of ecosystem information functions, survey was conduced paying attention to the environmental stress response of each of the bacteria, algae, plants and animals, responses viewed from the manifestation of immunity antibodies which occurs inside living organisms and changes at genetic level, and responses of algae and plants in case of specifying environmental pollutants. In relation to the application of the biological amplification mechanism, survey was carried out on environmental stress signals sent from plants, selection of environmental stress index plants, detection of environmental pollutants using bacteria, high sensitivity detection using animal (nematode), etc. Concerning the standardization of the environmental measuring technology by the application of ecosystem information functions, survey was conducted on artificial molecular recognition sensor, antibody device sensor, biochips, system construction, etc. (NEDO)

  19. Fiscal 1996 report on the results of the R and D under a consignment from NEDO of the environment friendly type production technology. High-functional chemical synthesis bioreactor (for public); 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo Shin Energy Sangyo Gijutsu Sogo Kaihatsu Kiko itaku. Kankyo chowagata seisan gijutsu (kokino kagaku gosei bioreactor) kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho (kokaiyo)

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    1997-03-01

    For the purpose of developing production technology of chemical substances which are resource conservative, energy saving and less in environmental loads, a R and D was conducted of a high-functional chemical synthesis bioreactor. The paper reported the results of fiscal 1996. As for proliferation control breeding technology, relating to the switch control technology of proliferation related genes by regulatory factors, the effectiveness on an incubator level was demonstrated, and at the same time improvement of reactor performance in using this technology was studied on paper. As to the manifestation control breeding technology, the actual design of the development of manifestation promotion technology by bent DNA, etc. was proceeded with, and at the same time the following were commenced: selection of bent DNA, confirmation of bent characteristics, and work of vector construction using candidate bent DNA. Further, the simple assessment system of manifestation vectors was constructed. In the development of bioreactor system technology, the actual design was started of the two-stage culture continuance system which separated proliferation and enzyme production. 48 refs., 41 figs., 6 tabs.

  20. Chemical and geochemical study on the hot spring. Affecting factor of pH and the origin of chemical constituents in Dogo spring; Onsen no chikyu kagakuteki kosatsu. Dogo onsen no pH chi kettei inshi to kagaku seibun no kigen ni tsuite

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    Maki, T.; Ishimaru, T.; Tagashira, K.; Ono, C. [Ehime Prefectural Inst. of Public Health, Ehime (Japan)

    1994-12-31

    Dogo Spring is a non-volcanic hot spring (not a spring that gushes up in association with live volcanic activities) and located about 10 kilometers away from the coast line. Therefore, the spring water quality is not affected by these geological environments, allowing the interactions with the mother rock to be identified relatively easily. In order to investigate the relationship between chemical constituents in the hot spring and the mother rock, a leaching test was carried out on boring-cores and representative rocks existing in Ehime Prefecture. Considerations were given on the factors in the mother rock affecting the hot spring constituents, the high pH value in Dogo Spring, and the origin of the constituents. The result indicated that pH value in the leaching solution from the boring-cores taken from Dogo Spring is higher than that in the leaching solution from representative rocks in Ehime Prefecture; it suggested that the high pH value in Dogo Spring is correlated to the gushing mother rock (Ryoke granite); it also suggested that the Dogo Spring water has about the same concentration as in the dissolved constituents in the leaching solution from the Dogo Spring boring-cores, and the dissolved constituents in the Dogo Spring water is closely related with the composing mother rock (Ryoke granite). 12 refs., 9 figs., 6 tabs.

  1. Environments of ocean and primary productivity during the late Quaternary. Millenial-scale large and abrupt climatic changes (global system dynamics in response to Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles); Daiyonki koki no kaiyo kankyo to seibutsu seisan. Suhyaku-susennen scale no kyugekina kiko hendo (Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle ni taisuru chikyu system no oto)

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    Tada, R. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-04-25

    Abrupt and steep climate changes of the millennial scale as represented by the Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle (D-O cycle) and the behavior of the global surface layer system in their wake are outlined. The D-DO cycle is the abrupt and steep climate changes that are recorded in the Greenland continental ice sheet, and is grasped most typically as changes in the oxygen isotopic ratio in the ice. Studies reveal that the D-O cycle is a global episode that accompanied interaction between various subsystems constituting the global surface layer system. It is believed that in the D-O cycle there were changes not only in temperature but also in aridity/moisture and in the sea level, and probabilities are high that there was a great local variation in the way the changes took effect. The possibility has now become lower that the D-O cycle occurred in the interglacial epoch in the high latitude belt in the northern hemisphere, yet it remains likely that the climate changes driving the D-O cycle continued in the low latitude belt. 57 refs., 8 figs.

  2. Fiscal 1998 R and D project on global environmental industrial technology. R and D result report on environment- friendly production technology (advanced chemical synthesis reactor); 1998 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo. Kankyo chowagata seisan gijutsu (kokino kagaku gosei bio reactor) kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho

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    1999-03-01

    For high-efficiency production of substances by bioreactor, study was made on a bio-control mechanism as its elementary technology. On the study of breeding technology by expression control, the structure design of a control region and development of new expression vectors had been finished, and study was made on breeding of high-efficiency recombinant production cells by using candidate expression vectors. On the study of breeding technology by multi-stage enzyme reaction control, the enzyme gene of a system synthesizing cysteine from glycerol was searched, and hydroxypyruvaldehyde hydrogenase gene was isolated as substance production model. Cysteine production Escherichia coli combined with serineacetyl transferase gene was also prepared. In addition, study started on cloning of hydroxyacetone oxidase gene. On development of reactor system technology, for conversion of serine to cysteine, study was made on optimization of a reaction condition by theory of enzyme reaction rate. (NEDO)

  3. Fiscal 1996 report on the results of the R and D under a consignment from NEDO of the environment friendly type production technology. High-functional chemical synthesis bioreactor (for public); 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo Shin Energy Sangyo Gijutsu Sogo Kaihatsu Kiko itaku. Kankyo chowagata seisan gijutsu (kokino kagaku gosei bioreactor) kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho (kokaiyo)

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    1997-03-01

    For the purpose of developing production technology of chemical substances which are resource conservative, energy saving and less in environmental loads, a R and D was conducted of a high-functional chemical synthesis bioreactor. The paper reported the results of fiscal 1996. As for proliferation control breeding technology, relating to the switch control technology of proliferation related genes by regulatory factors, the effectiveness on an incubator level was demonstrated, and at the same time improvement of reactor performance in using this technology was studied on paper. As to the manifestation control breeding technology, the actual design of the development of manifestation promotion technology by bent DNA, etc. was proceeded with, and at the same time the following were commenced: selection of bent DNA, confirmation of bent characteristics, and work of vector construction using candidate bent DNA. Further, the simple assessment system of manifestation vectors was constructed. In the development of bioreactor system technology, the actual design was started of the two-stage culture continuance system which separated proliferation and enzyme production. 48 refs., 41 figs., 6 tabs.

  4. Fiscal 1996 global environmental industry technology research related project. Report on the results of the consignment project of research and development of technology for reducing carbon dioxide emissions; 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu kanren jigyo. Nisanka tanso nado haishutsu teigen gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu itaku gyomu seika hokokusho

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    1997-03-01

    For the purpose of reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, freon, etc., a research project was carried out of `Research and development of technology for reducing carbon dioxide emissions` which consists of 8 projects. The paper reported the results of the projects. The projects are: (1) Development of waste water treatment of submerged combustion system, (2) Development of thermoelectric generating devices, (3) Development of high performance heat insulation materials, (4) Development of methanol reformer for transportable fuel cell, (5) Development of large pressure reducing valves, (6) Development of large-scale turbo heat pump for district heating and cooling plants, (7) Development of heat pumps for transportation equipment, and (8) Development of thermoelectric cooling devices. In (1), the waste water treatment test was conducted and reached the target. In (2), the thermoelectric device using powder sintering element obtained performance twice the performance level of the existing device. In (3), (4), (5) and (6), the target was all reached. In (7), the results well agreed in a comparison between structural analysis and experiment. The cooling unit by the SPS sintering method using Bi-Te system sintered material element obtained the cooling efficiency almost the same as that by the freon compressor method. 8 refs., 161 figs., 63 tabs.

  5. International seminar in fiscal 1998 on the development and promotion of global environment-related industrial technologies. Report on International Workshops on CO{sub 2} Cycling and Metabolism in Coral Reef; 1998 nendo chikyu sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. 'Sangosho ni okeru busshitsu ido to tanso junkan' kokusai workshop hokokusho

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    1999-03-01

    For the study of CO{sub 2} absorption and fixation in the marine ecosystem, studies of coral reefs by RITE (Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth) were subjected to discussion at the above-named workshops. It is after the elapse of a long geological time on the earth that CO2 in the atmosphere has arrived at the current level of concentration thanks to fixation and calcification by living organisms and to dissolution into the seawater. In the formation of CaCO{sub 3} that constitutes the coral skeleton, 1 mol Ca combines with 2 mol bicarbonates for the production of 1 mol CaCO{sub 3} and 1 mol CO{sub 2}. The reaction may suggests a consequential increase of CO2 in the atmosphere but such CO{sub 2} is in reality consumed by being converted into organic substances in a photosynthetic process performed by symbiotic algae. Calculation was made for the whole of Bora Bay, Miyakojima Island, and the result was that 700kg-C/day comes to be stored in the form of organic matters in the community of coral reef organisms. In a coral reef, even when it emits CO2 into the atmosphere, there is organic matter production which exceeds the lost CO{sub 2}. Coral reefs fix carbon out of the seawater at the rate of 0.42Gt-C/year, which is the aggregate of 0.3Gt organic matters and 0.12Gt CaCO{sub 3}. (NEDO)

  6. New Era of Scientific Ocean Drilling

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    Eguchi, N.; Toczko, S.; Sanada, Y.; Igarashi, C.; Kubo, Y.; Maeda, L.; Sawada, I.; Takase, K.; Kyo, N.

    2014-12-01

    The D/V Chikyu, committed to scientific ocean drilling since 2007, has completed thirteen IODP expeditions, and Chikyu's enhanced drilling technology gives us the means to reach deep targets, enhanced well logging, deep water riserless drilling, and state of the art laboratory. Chikyu recovered core samples from 2466 meters below sea floor (mbsf) in IODP Exp. 337, and drilled to 3058.5 mbsf in IODP Exp. 348, but these are still not the limit of Chikyu's capability. As deep as these depths are, they are just halfway to the 5200 mbsf plate boundary target for the NanTroSEIZE deep riser borehole. There are several active IODP proposals in the pipeline. Each has scientific targets requiring several thousand meters of penetration below the sea floor. Riser technology is the only way to collect samples and data from that depth. Well logging has been enhanced with the adoption of riser drilling, especially for logging-while-drilling (LWD). LWD has several advantages over wireline logging, and provides more opportunities for continuous measurements even in unstable boreholes. Because of the larger diameter of riser pipes and enhanced borehole stability, Chikyu can use several state-of-the-art downhole tools, e.g. fracture tester, fluid sampling tool, wider borehole imaging, and the latest sonic tools. These new technologies and tools can potentially expand the envelope of scientific ocean drilling. Chikyu gives us access to ultra-deep water riserless drilling. IODP Exp. 343/343T investigating the March 2011 Tohoku Oki Earthquake, explored the toe of the landward slope of the Japan Trench. This expedition reached the plate boundary fault target at more than 800 mbsf in water depths over 6900 m for logging-while-drilling, coring, and observatory installation. This deep-water drilling capability also expands the scientific ocean drilling envelope and provides access to previously unreachable targets. On top of these operational capabilities, Chikyu's onboard laboratory is

  7. Fiscal 1998 R and D project on global environmental industrial technology. Research result report on DNA analysis and information processing technology for photosynthesis microorganisms (Development of CO{sub 2} fixation and effective use technology by using bacteria and algae); 1998 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo. Kogosei biseibutsu nado DNA kaiseki joho shori gijutsu no kenkyu (saikin sorui nado riyo nisanka tanso koteika yuko riyo gijutsu kaihatsu) seika hokokusho

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    1999-03-01

    This report summarizes the fiscal 1998 research result on DNA analysis and information processing technology for photosynthesis microorganisms. On the study on DNA analysis technology by triple-strand formation method, as the comparison study result of a READ method, stable triple- strand formation method and hairpin method, a READ method showed the highest triple-strand formation efficiency for target DNA. On the study on accurate separation technology of specific genes, establishment of protocols was promoted for solid-phase probe technology, subtract technology and leveling technology. On the study on DNA microarray analysis technology by high-efficiency hybridization method, the analysis technology of genes by hybridization method using DNA chips is under investigation. In addition, the high- efficiency analysis technology of specific DNA segments by using an affinity sensor, and the high-accuracy cloning technology for DNA with altered primary structure were also studied. (NEDO)

  8. Topics on chemistry and industries. Physico-chemistry/analytical chemistry, inorganics related chemistry, organic chemistry/organics industrial chemistry/polymer chemistry, living organism related chemistry, resources and energy/environment and earth chemistry/chemical engineering; Kagaku to topics. Butsuri kagaku/bunseki kagaku, muki kanren kagaku, yuki kagaku/yuki kogyo kagaku/kobunshi kagaku, seitai kanren kagaku, shigen energy/kankyo chikyu kagaku/kagaku kogyo

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    Yamaguchi, Y. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan); Okumura, A. [Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Tsukui, H. [Ibaraki Univ., Ibaraki (Japan); Kawamoto, T. [Osaka University, Osaka (Japan); Yamashita, H. [Ehime University, Ehime (Japan); Yuasa, H.; Shimizu, M.; Matsukawa, S. [Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Tokyo (Japan); Okita, M. [Hokkaido University, Sapporo (Japan); Matsuura, N. [Toyama Prefectural University, Toyama (Japan); Sato, N. [Tokyo College of Pharmacy, Tokyo (Japan); Yoneda, Y.; Aoki, Y. [National Inst. for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1996-05-01

    This paper takes up and explains recent topics on chemistry and technology. Phase of electron transition in molecules in aqueous solution alleviates very quickly, of which observation technology using femto-second photon echo is introduced in the paper. A description is given on chemical imaging of individual atoms and molecules on surfaces by using a scanning force microscope. Cytochrome C-oxidized enzymes get involved in respiration chain reaction to reduce oxygen molecules into water, whereas structural analyses would move forward studies on mechanisms for proton moving process associated with electron movement. Researches by Milstein et al resulted in success of selective severing of strong carbon-carbon bond by using an Rh-complex. The paper describes the following items: random glycosidation intended of structuring an oligosaccharide library, application of photochromic molecules to next generation photomemory materials, and temperature response and shape memory characteristics of polymer gels having a crystalline structure. The paper takes up in the field of molecular biology the salt resistance donation to plants by using gene engineering, and appearance and diffusion of C{sub 4} plants as seen from carbon isotope ratio. 39 refs.

  9. Biological quarantine on international waters: an initiative for onboard protocols

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    Takano, Yoshinori; Yano, Hajime; Funase, Ryu; Sekine, Yasuhito; Takai, Ken

    2012-07-01

    The research vessel Chikyu is expanding new frontiers in science, technology, and international collaboration through deep-sea expedition. The Chikyu (length: 210 m, gross tonnage: 56752 tons) has advanced and comprehensive scientific research facilities. One of the scientific purposes of the vessel is to investigate into unexplored biosphere (i.e., undescribed extremophiles) on the Earth. Therefore, "the onboard laboratory" provides us systematic microbiological protocols with a physical containment situation. In parallel, the onboard equipments provide sufficient space for fifty scientists and technical support staff. The helicopter deck also supports various logistics through transporting by a large scale helicopter (See, http://www.jamstec.go.jp/chikyu/eng/). Since the establishment of Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP) in Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), we have an international consensus about the development and promulgation of planetary protection knowledge, policy, and plans to prevent the harmful effects of biological contamination on the Earth (e.g., Rummel, 2002). However, the matter to select a candidate location of initial quarantine at BSL4 level is often problematic. To answer the key issue, we suggest that international waters can be a meaningful option with several advantages to conduct initial onboard-biological quarantine investigation. Hence, the research vessel Chikyu is promising for further PPP requirements (e.g., Enceladus sample return project: Tsou et al., 2012). Rummel, J., Seeking an international consensus in planetary protection: COSPAR's planetary protection panel. Advances in Space Research, 30, 1573-1575 (2002). Tsou, P. et al. LIFE: Life Investigation For Enceladus - A Sample Return Mission Concept in Search for Evidence of Life. Astrobiology, in press.

  10. Chang Kai-shek's “Humanitarian Bombs” and the Mirage Known as the “Manchurian-Mongolian Problem”: New Japanese-Language Perspectives on the Transnational History of Modern East Asia

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    Kyu Hyun Kim

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available On May 20, 1938, two American-made Chinese airplanes—Martin B-10 monoplane bombers—took off from Ningbo, Fujian province, in the direction of southwestern Japan. Instead of dropping bombs, they released propaganda materials produced by the Nationalist Party (Guomindang, pleading with the industrial workers, farmers, and petty bourgeois citizens of Japan to stop fighting China and resist their militarist government. This “humanitarian bombardment,” masterminded by Chiang Kai-shek, is little known today—perhaps deservedly so, for it had its embarrassing features. For one, the planes never reached the strategically important areas and merely flew over sparsely populated regions of Kumamoto and Miyazaki prefectures. Further, the propaganda materials were either voluntarily turned over to or confiscated by the Japanese authorities almost as soon as they hit the ground. As far as we can tell, the operation had little impact on the Japanese attitude toward China or on the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945... Iechika Ryōko 家近亮子,Shō Kaiseki no gaikō senryaku to Nitchū sensō 蒋介石の外交戦略と日中戦争[Chiang Kai-shek's diplomatic strategies and the Sino-Japanese War]. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2012. ISBN: 978-4-00-025865-4. Nakami Tatsuo 中見立夫, 'Manmō mondai' no rekishiteki kōzu 満蒙問題の歴史的構図 [The historical composition of the “Manchurian-Mongolian problem”]. Tokyo: Daigaku Shuppankai, 2013. ISBN: 978-4-86-337131-6.

  11. New roles of LWD and wireline logging in scientific ocean drilling

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    Sanada, Y.; Kido, Y. N.; Moe, K.; Aoike, K.

    2014-12-01

    D/V Chikyu implemented by CDEX/JAMSTEC joined IODP from 2007. Various LWD (Logging While Drilling) and wireline logging have been carried out in many expeditions and for various purposes. Significant features of logging in Chikyu expeditions are many use of LWD than wireline logging, and riser dirlling. riser selected specific tools for each scientific target, and 3) carried out various borehole experiments. LWD has been more popular than wireline logging in Chikyu expeditions, because its advantages match theirs science targets. The advantages are followings. 1) LWD has more opportunities for measurement in unstable borehole, such as in the series of Nankai trough drilling expeditions. 2) LWD realtime data allows us to make realtime interpretation and operational decision. Realtime interpretation was required to set obsevartory at the properposition. 3) LWD before coring allows us to make a strategy of spot coring.We can design coring intervals for our interest and core length to improve core recovery.Riser drilling brings us merits for logging. One is hole stability (good hole condition) and the other is the use of large diameter tools. Controled drilling mud in riser drilling system prevent mud invasion to formation and mitigates collapse of borehole wall. They reduce the risk of tool stack and improve data quality. Large diameter of riser pipe enhances variation of tool seizes. A couple of new tools were used for new measurement and improvement of the data quality. For example, SonicScanner (trademark of Schulumberger) successfully measured compressional and share velocity in very low velocities at the soft sediment, where it has been difficult to measure them with conventional DSI tool (Exp319). The stress and pore pressure in the borehole were measured with the wireline logging tool, (Schlumberger MDT). The single probe tool enable to measure temporal formation fluid pressure. The double packer tool enable to fracture test by sealing and pumping in the

  12. Initial Feasibility Study to Drill and Core the Ocean Mantle

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    Nicolas Pilisi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available An initial feasibility study (Pilisi and Whitney, 2011 of drilling through the Mohorovičić discontinuity (Moho into the oceanic mantle specifically focused on future requirements for planning, drilling and coring a hole 500 m into the oceanic mantle from three candidate locations in the Pacific Ocean (Cocos Plate, Baja California, and offshore Hawaii. The study points out some of the critical issues that need to be resolved before embarking upon such a challengingproject. It was conducted on the basis of data provided by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program–Management International (IODP-MI, the Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX operating the drilling vessel Chikyu within IODP, public domain information, and past experience that Blade Energy Partners (hereafter mentioned as “Blade”; http://www.blade-energy.com/ has had with frontier projects in the offshore deepwater oil and gas and geothermal industries.

  13. O orçamento empresarial como ferramentade gestão nas micro e pequenas empresasdo município de Mondaí – SC = The business budget a management tool of micro and small companies of the municipal district of Mondaí–SC

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    Ari Söthe

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Constituir uma empresa representa para muitas pessoas um fator de realização pessoal, é este sentimento que norteia a realidade das micro e pequenas empresas brasileiras. As dificuldades na gestão podem advir de diversas direções, desde a falta de recursos financeiros até a ausência de informações adequadas para a gestão. Neste sentido, a utilização de ferramentas como o orçamento, permite aos gestores voltar o seu olhar para o futuro, de modo mais garantido e antecipando as informações dos resultados a serem alcançados pela empresa. O estudo tem como objetivo analisar se as micro e pequenas empresas do município de Mondai - SC estão utilizando o orçamento empresarial como ferramenta de gestão. Foi realizada uma pesquisa descritiva, de levantamento e de abordagem quantitativa. Conclui-se que a grande maioria está utilizando o orçamento como uma ferramenta para a gestão de suas empresas, proporcionando assim uma visão mais clara e objetiva dos futuros resultados que poderão estar alcançando.To constitute a company means for a lot of people a factor of personal accomplishment and it isthis feeling that orientates the reality of the micro and small Brazilian companies. The difficultiesin the administration can come from several directions, from the lack of financial resources tothe absence of appropriate information for the administration. In this sense, the use of toolssuch as the budget, allows the managers to turn their eyes for the future in a safer way advancing the information of the results that would be reached by the company. This way, this study has asits objective to analyze if the micro and small companies of the municipal district of Mondaí - SCare using the business budget as an administrative tool. A descriptive research was accomplished,through a survey and a quantitative approach. It is concluded that the great majority of thecompanies is using the budget as a tool for the administration of their

  14. Overview of the extensive logging use in the scientific ocean drilling's most challenging project, Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE)

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    Kyaw Thu, Moe; Sanada, Yoshinori; Kido, Yukari; Kawamura, Yoshihisa; Kuramoto, Shin'ichi; Matsuda, Shigemi

    2010-05-01

    First of its kind in scientific drilling history, NanTroSEIZE is complex drilling project with multiyear and multistage effort, aimed at drilling, coring, logging, and instrumenting the seismogenic zone of an active subduction margin, in a region thought to generate megathrust earthquakes of magnitude >8.0 on the moment-magnitude scale. Four stages are divided to realize ambitious scientific objectives using CHIKYU, most advanced floating laboratory in scientific drilling. Unlike the industry use of logging technology, expeditions in the scientific ocean drilling used logging data in much wider applications by working various software onboard Chikyu and laboratory measurements of core-cuttings throughout single or multiple expeditions, ranging from 40 to 56 days. Instead of traditional full coring, logging-while-drilling was made across the transect at the beginning to quickly access the geological and structural information from the formation. In line with changing tactic of heavy use on logging, four working groups were organized and worked on the logging data; lithologic characterization/lithostratigraphy, physical properties and hydrogeology, structural geology and geomechanics and cuttings/core-log-seismic integration (CLSI). During the Stage 1 with three expeditions, a transect of eight sites were drilled frontal thrust region, the midslope megasplay fault region, and the Kumano forearc basin region using full suite of MWD-LWD and made coring and downhole measurements. Stage 2 composed of two expeditions with the aims of building on the results of Stage 1 and preparing for later observatory installations for long-term monitoring of deformation at the updip limit of the seismogenic zone. Extensive logging program at riser site, first ever in scientific ocean drilling history, includes conventional wireline logging with long-awaited formation stress measurements and wide-angle walk-away VSP with longest-ever offset to have better velocity information of the

  15. Anisotropy of Electrical Resistivity and P-wave Velocity in Discrete Samples From Nantroseize Expeditions 315 and 316

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    Louis, L.; Henry, P.; Humbert, F.; Knuth, M.; Likos, W.; Scientists, I.

    2008-12-01

    We present results of electrical conductivity and P-wave velocity measurements in discrete samples processed onboard Chikyu during Nantroseize expeditions 315 and 316 in the Mega Splay fault and Frontal Thrust of the Nankai accretionary prism. Quasi cubes of 20 mm thickness nominally saturated with seawater were measured across the three parallel sets of faces, first for electrical conductivity, then for P-wave velocity. Average properties and their anisotropies appeared to show some sensitivity to both lithological and fault related features. Overall, strong transverse anisotropy due to sedimentary compaction was observed for both properties with minimum electrical conductivity and P-wave velocity along the vertical core axis direction. Within the horizontal plane perpendicular to the core axis, slight anisotropies were also measured, which are likely related to tectonically driven horizontal shortening, affecting noticeably the original compaction fabric. In order to get some structural insight, samples were reoriented in our laboratories using alternative field demagnetization technique and the in-plane (i.e. perpendicular to the core axis) data rotated accordingly. For the P-wave anisotropy, initial cubes were shaped into polyhedrons in order to get even more accurate estimates. These additional measurements allowed for retrieving for each sample the 3 principal values and vectors of the best fitting ellipsoidal function. Resulting stereoplots were then compared with electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility (AMS) and structural data.

  16. NanTroSEIZE: The IODP Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment

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    Harold J. Tobin

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available The IODP Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE will, for the fi rst time ever, attempt to drill into, sample, and instrument the seismogenic portion of a plate-boundary fault or megathrust within a subduction zone. Access to the interior of active faults where in situ processes can be monitored and fresh fault zone materials can be sampled is of fundamental importance to the understanding of earthquake mechanics. As the December 2004 Sumatraearthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami so tragically demonstrated,large subduction earthquakes represent one of the greatest natural hazards on the planet. Accordingly, drilling into and instrumenting an active interplate seismogenic zone is a very high priority in the IODP Initial Science Plan (2001. Through a decade-long series of national and international workshops, a consensus emerged that the Nankai Trough is an ideal place to attempt drilling and monitoring of the seismogenic plate interface. The fi rst phase of NanTroSEIZE drilling operations has now been scheduled for the late summer of 2007. It involves parallel deployment of both the new U.S. Scientifi c Ocean Drilling Vessel (SODV, this volume and the riser drilling vessel Chikyu.

  17. Vertical Seismic Profiling at riser drilling site in the rupture area of the 1944 Tonankai Earthquake, Japan (Invited)

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    Hino, R.; Kinoshita, M.; Araki, E.; Byrne, T. B.; McNeill, L. C.; Saffer, D. M.; Eguchi, N. O.; Takahashi, K.; Toczko, S.

    2009-12-01

    A series of scientific drilling expeditions is in operation in the Nankai Trough to reveal the faulting mechanism of the magathrust earthquakes, through clarifying composition, fine structure, mechanical behavior, and environmental variables of the seismogenic faults. In the studied area, extensive seismic surveys for site characterization have been made to image detailed geometry of the fault complex in the accretionary prism as well as Vp distribution around the faults. Although these previous surveys provided invaluable information for understanding seismotectonic processes in this subduction zone, more complete knowledge is needed to be acquired to predict dynamic behavior of the faults, such as geometrical irregularities in short wavelength, Vs and seismic attenuation which are sensitive to fluid distribution in and around fault zones. It is expected that estimation of these parameters would be improved considerably by a seismic exploration using a vertical array of seismographs installed in a deep borehole (VSP: vertical seismic profiling). In July 2009, we made a VSP at one of the drilling sites located just above the rupture area of the 1994 Tonankai Earthquake (M 8.1), during the IODP Exp.319. The well site of our VSP was made by the riser drilling of D/V Chikyu. The seismic array, lowered from Chikyu into the hole, was composed of a three-component accelerometer and vertical separation of the array elements was 15.12 m. The VSP was composed of offset VSP and zero-offset VSP. In the offset VSP, a tuned airgun array towed by R/V Kairei was shot along one straight line (walk-away VSP) and another circular line (walk-around VSP) and seismic signals were recorded by an array consisting of 16 elements installed from 907 to 1,135 m in depth from seafloor. The object of the walk-away VSP is to obtain fine image of the faults using reflection arrivals with less attenuation. It is also expected to obtain spatial variation of Vs from arrival time tomography of

  18. Operational Review of the First Wireline In Situ Stress Test in Scientific Ocean Drilling

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    Casey Moore

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Scientific ocean drilling’s first in situ stress measurement was made at Site C0009A during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP Expedition 319 as part of Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE Stage 2. The Modular Formation Dynamics Tester (MDT, Schlumbergerwireline logging tool was deployed in riser Hole C0009A to measure in situ formation pore pressure, formation permeability (often reported as mobility=permeability/viscosity, and the least principal stress (S3 at several isolated depths (Saffer et al., 2009; Expedition 319 Scientists, 2010. The importance of in situ stress measurements is not only for scientific interests in active tectonic drilling, but also for geomechanical and well bore stability analyses. Certain in situ tools were not previously available for scientific ocean drilling due to the borehole diameter and open hole limits of riserless drilling. The riser-capable drillship, D/V Chikyu,now in service for IODP expeditions, allows all of the techniques available to estimate the magnitudes and orientations of 3-D stresses to be used. These techniques include downhole density logging for vertical stress, breakout and caliper log analyses for maximum horizontal stress, core-based anelastic strain recovery (ASR, used in the NanTroSEIZE expeditions in 2007–2008, and leak-off test (Lin et al., 2008 and minifrac/hydraulic fracturing (NanTroSEIZE Expedition319 in 2009. In this report, the whole operational planning process related to in situ measurements is reviewed, and lessons learned from Expedition 319 are summarized for efficient planning and testing in the future.

  19. Global assessments of submarine groundwater discharge and groundwater resources under the pressures of humanity and climate change

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    Taniguchi, M.; Burnett, W. C.; Aureli, A.

    2006-12-01

    We report here the global-scale assessment of both fresh and saline groundwater discharges based solely on observational data. Prior estimates have been limited to various water balance and hydrodynamic modeling calculations and range over orders of magnitude. Our observations suggest the global volumes of fresh groundwater discharge and recirculated seawater per unit shoreline length depending on the distance from the shoreline, precipitation, and seawater depth. On a world-wide scale, these flows are compared with the global river discharge. We show via automated measurements that precipitation and wave pumping are important controls of terrestrial (fresh) and marine-induced (recirculated seawater) subterranean flows, respectively. The Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Changes (GRAPHIC) Project, an initiative of UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), seeks to improve the understanding and management of groundwater as a vital contributor to the global water cycle, ecosystems and communities, under changing climatic and anthropomorphic regimes. GRAPHIC focuses on variations of the flows, stocks, and quality of groundwater recharge, discharge and storage and on groundwater-related management and policy (http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/USE/GRAPHIC/GRAPHIC.htm). This GRAPHIC project will deal with groundwater resources assessment and future forecasting under the various pressures of humanity and climate changes. The structure of the GRAPHIC project has been divided into; (A) Subjects; thematic, cross-region issues, (B) Methods; methodological approaches (1:Database and Monitoring, 2:Satelite GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment), 3:Modeling and Simulation, 4:Paleohydrology), and (C) Regions; representative geographical areas, where pilot studies will be made.

  20. Biogeochemical study on mud-volcano sediments from the Kumano forearc basin, Japan

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    Ijiri, A.; Toki, T.; Yamaguchi, Y. T.; Kawagucci, S.; Hattori, S.; Morono, Y.; Lever, M. A.; Yoshida, N.; Tsunogai, U.; Nakamura, K.; Takai, K.; Ashi, J.; Inagaki, F.

    2011-12-01

    We investigated microbial communities and biogeochemical processes in mud-volcano subsurface sediments down to 20 meters from the summit, obtained from the Kumano forearc basin in the Nankai Trough during the CK09-01 D/V Chikyu training cruise in 2009. The cored sediments contained several methane hydrates. Chemical characteristics of pore fluid indicated that the fluid in the mud volcano was supplied from the accretionary prism beneath the forearc sediments probably through faults. The cored sediments contained relatively low population of microbial cells (sediment depth (from -41 to -22%), synchronous to the increase of δ13CDIC. The significant isotopic fractionation between DIC and acetate (54.0±6.9%) indicates that the principal process producing acetate is homo-acetogenesis via the reductive acetyl-CoA pathway. Radioactive tracer experiments exhibited relatively high activities of homo-acetogenesis (14-34,900 pmol/cm3/day) compared to that of hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis (0.6-128 pmol/cm3/day). In ordinary marine sediments, homo-acetogenesis from H2 and CO2 is thermodynamically inhibited because H2 concentrations are maintained at low levels less than several nM. However, the homo-acetogenesis was thermodynamically favorable in the cored sediments because of the high concentration of H2 (>560nM). These results showed that homo-acetogenesis is dominant in the sediments around the summit of the mud volcano, while active hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis has been occurred in a deeper depth, and most portion of methane formed methane hydrates was supplied from the deep active methanogenic zone.

  1. Using DSDP/ODP/IODP core photographs and digital images in the classroom

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    Pereira, Hélder; Berenguer, Jean-Luc

    2017-04-01

    Since the late 1960's, several scientific ocean drilling programmes have been uncovering the history of the Earth hidden beneath the seafloor. The adventure began in 1968 with the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and its special drill ship, the Glomar Challenger. The next stage was the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) launched in 1985 with a new drill ship, the JOIDES Resolution. The exploration of the ocean seafloor continued, between 2003 and 2013, through the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). During that time, in addition to the JOIDES Resolution, operated by the US, the scientists had at their service the Chikyu, operated by Japan, and Mission-Specific-Platforms, funded and implemented by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling. Currently, scientific ocean drilling continues through the collaboration of scientists from 25 nations within the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Over the last 50 years, the scientific ocean drilling expeditions conducted by these programmes have drilled and cored more than 3500 holes. The numerous sediment and rock samples recovered from the ocean floor have provided important insight on the active biological, chemical, and geological processes that have shaped the Earth over millions of years. During an expedition, once the 9.5-meter long cores arrive from the seafloor, the technicians label and cut them into 1.5-meter sections. Next, the shipboard scientists perform several analysis using non-destructive methods. Afterward, the technicians split the cores into two halves, the "working half", which scientists sample and use aboard the drilling platform, and the "archive half", which is kept in untouched condition after being visually described and photographed with a digital imaging system. The shipboard photographer also takes several close-up pictures of the archive-half core sections. This work presents some examples of how teachers can use DSDP/ODP/IODP core photographs and digital images, available

  2. Petrology and Geochemistry of Hydrothermally Altered Volcanic Rocks in the Iheya North Hydrothermal Field, Middle Okinawa Trough

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    Yamasaki, T.

    2015-12-01

    The Iheya North hydrothermal field is located in the middle Okinawa Trough, a young and actively spreading back-arc basin extending behind the Ryukyu arc-trench system in the southeastern margin of the East China Sea. In this hydrothermal field, two scientific drilling expeditions (IODP Exp 331 and SIP CK14-04) were conducted using a deep-sea drilling vessel "Chikyu," and samples from a total of 27 holes were taken. Through these expeditions, Kuroko-type volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits (VMS), hydrothermally altered volcanic rocks, and pumiceous and pelagic sediments were recovered. The recovered core provided important information about the relationship between hydrothermal activity, alteration, and ore mineralization. Whole-rock major element composition and trace element (TE) patterns of pumices were very similar to those of rhyolites in the middle Okinawa Trough (RMO). However, pumices were relatively enriched in chalcophile elements Sr and Nb, which suggest incipient mineralization. Volcanic rock generally demonstrated strong silicification and was greenish pale gray in color. Regardless of severe alteration, some rock displayed major element composition broadly similar to the RMO. Alteration was evidenced by an increase in the content of SiO2 and MgO, and decrease in Al2O3, Na2O, and K2O content. The most striking geochemical feature of altered volcanic rock was the discordance between texture and the degree of modification of TEs. Some samples showed decussate texture occupied by petal-like quartz with severe silicification, but no prominent disturbance of concentration and patterns of TEs were observed. In contrast, samples with well-preserved igneous porphyritic texture showed very low TE content and modification of TE patterns. These results suggest that the modification of texture and composition of TEs, as well as silicification, do not occur by a uniform process, but several processes. This may reflect the differences in temperature and the

  3. IODP Expedition 337: Deep Coalbed Biosphere off Shimokita - Microbial processes and hydrocarbon system associated with deeply buried coalbed in the ocean

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    Inagaki, Fumio; Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe; Kubo, Yusuke; IODP Expedition 337 Scientists

    2016-06-01

    The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 337 was the first expedition dedicated to subseafloor microbiology that used riser-drilling technology with the drilling vessel Chikyu. The drilling Site C0020 is located in a forearc basin formed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate off the Shimokita Peninsula, Japan, at a water depth of 1180 m. Primary scientific objectives during Expedition 337 were to study the relationship between the deep microbial biosphere and a series of ˜ 2 km deep subseafloor coalbeds and to explore the limits of life in the deepest horizons ever probed by scientific ocean drilling. To address these scientific objectives, we penetrated a 2.466 km deep sedimentary sequence with a series of lignite layers buried around 2 km below the seafloor. The cored sediments, as well as cuttings and logging data, showed a record of dynamically changing depositional environments in the former forearc basin off the Shimokita Peninsula during the late Oligocene and Miocene, ranging from warm-temperate coastal backswamps to a cool water continental shelf. The occurrence of small microbial populations and their methanogenic activity were confirmed down to the bottom of the hole by microbiological and biogeochemical analyses. The factors controlling the size and viability of ultra-deep microbial communities in those warm sedimentary habitats could be the increase in demand of energy and water expended on the enzymatic repair of biomolecules as a function of the burial depth. Expedition 337 provided a test ground for the use of riser-drilling technology to address geobiological and biogeochemical objectives and was therefore a crucial step toward the next phase of deep scientific ocean drilling.

  4. Sulfur and iron cycling in deep-subsurface, coal bed-containing sediments off Shimokita (Japan)

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    Riedinger, N.; Smirnoff, M. N.; Gilhooly, W.; Phillips, S. C.; Lyons, T. W.; 337 Scientific Party, I.

    2013-12-01

    The main goal of IODP Expedition 337 was the identification and characterization of the deep coal bed biosphere and hydrocarbon system off the Shimokita Peninsula (Japan) in the northwestern Pacific using the D/V Chikyu. To accomplish this scientific objective, it was also necessary to investigate the inorganic biogeochemistry in order to identify possible electron acceptors and bio-essential nutrients. These biogeochemical parameters greatly influence both, the composition and abundance of microbial communities as well as the organic carbon cycle. In turn, the microbially mediated carbon cycle influences the diagenetic reactions in the subsurface, thus, altering geochemical and physical characteristics of the material. Here we present results from metal and sulfur geochemical analyses from the deep-subsurface sediments (about 1250 to 2466 mbsf) at Site C0020 off Shimokita. The measured concentrations of acid volatile sulfur (AVS) as well as chromium reducible sulfur (CRS) reflect the alteration of iron oxides to iron sulfides and indicate that the main sulfur-bearing phase in the investigated sediments is pyrite. Concentrations of intermediate sulfur species are minor and occur mainly in the coal-bearing interval. Our data show that the uppermost sediments contain higher amounts of pyrite (up to 1.2 wt.%) with an average of 0.5 wt.% compared to the deeper deposits (below about 1800 mbsf), which show an average of 0.16 wt.%. In contrast, iron oxide concentrations are highest in the deeper sediment sections (up to 0.4%), where pyrite concentrations are low. The alteration of iron oxides to sulfides in theses lower section was probably governed by the amount of available sulfide in the pore water. The occurrence of (bio-)reactive iron phases in these deeply buried sediments has implications for the deep biosphere as those minerals have the potential to serve as electron acceptors during burial, including reactions involving deep sourced electron donors, such as

  5. Initiation and development of slickenlined surfaces in clay-rich material of the Nankai Trough accretionary prism

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    Crespo-Blanc, Ana; Schleicher, Anja

    2016-04-01

    During the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 348, which is part of the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (stage 3), the drilling vessel Chikyu advanced the deep riser hole at Site C0002, located 80 km offshore of the Kii Peninsula (Japan), from a depth of 860 meters below sea floor (mbsf) to 3058.5 mbsf. Underlying the Kumano Basin sediments, the Nankai accretionary prism appears, below 975.5 mbsf. It accreted during Upper Miocene to Pliocene times and is formed mainly by turbiditic silty claystone with rarely observed sandstone intercalations. Cuttings from both the 1-4 mm and >4 mm size fractions were investigated, showing slickenlined surfaces and deformation bands together with carbonate veins throughout the entire section from 1045.5 until 3058.5 mbsf. A scaly fabric is increasingly observed below approximately 2400 mbsf. Clay-rich cuttings were selected at different depth for specific SEM-EDS analysis, in order to investigate the initiation and development of the slickenlined surfaces, from both a structural and mineralogical point of view. Two end-members of the slickenlined surface types were observed: a) isolated smooth and uniform planes, between 20 and 50 μm long, formed by single grains of smectite with marked lineations and frequently jagged boundaries and b) microfaults (longer than 100 μm) with sharp boundaries to the undeformed rock, formed by aggregates of illite and smectite and with a well-developed lineation. In transition between these two end-member types, planes that are apparently unconnected draw a single plane and show subparallel lineations. Concerning the orientation of the slickenlines, it seems to be coherent with that observed in an array of conjugated faults, i.e. all the slickenlines belong to the same plane, in turn sub-perpendicular to the intersection of conjugated planes. These observations suggest that the slickenlined surfaces initiated along single grains of smectite and that with increasing

  6. Exploring frontiers of the deep biosphere through scientific ocean drilling

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    Inagaki, F.; D'Hondt, S.; Hinrichs, K. U.

    2015-12-01

    Since the first deep biosphere-dedicated Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 201 using the US drill ship JOIDES Resolution in 2002, scientific ocean drilling has offered unique opportunities to expand our knowledge of the nature and extent of the deep biosphere. The latest estimate of the global subseafloor microbial biomass is ~1029cells, accounting for 4 Gt of carbon and ~1% of the Earth's total living biomass. The subseafloor microbial communities are evolutionarily diverse and their metabolic rates are extraordinarily slow. Nevertheless, accumulating activity most likely plays a significant role in elemental cycles over geological time. In 2010, during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 329, the JOIDES Resolutionexplored the deep biosphere in the open-ocean South Pacific Gyre—the largest oligotrophic province on our planet. During Expedition 329, relatively high concentrations of dissolved oxygen and significantly low biomass of microbial populations were observed in the entire sediment column, indicating that (i) there is no limit to life in open-ocean sediment and (ii) a significant amount of oxygen reaches through the sediment to the upper oceanic crust. This "deep aerobic biosphere" inhabits the sediment throughout up to ~37 percent of the world's oceans. The remaining ~63 percent of the oceans is comprised of higher productivity areas that contain the "deep anaerobic biosphere". In 2012, during IODP Expedition 337, the Japanese drill ship Chikyu explored coal-bearing sediments down to 2,466 meters below the seafloor off the Shimokita Peninsula, Japan. Geochemical and microbiological analyses consistently showed the occurrence of methane-producing communities associated with the coal beds. Cell concentrations in deep sediments were notably lower than those expected from the global regression line, implying that the bottom of the deep biosphere is approached in these beds. Taxonomic composition of the deep coal-bearing communities profoundly

  7. New technologies and the Mission Specific Platform approach

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    McInroy, D.; Smith, D.; Freudenthal, T.

    2009-04-01

    Within the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), ECORD-operated Mission Specific Platforms (MSPs) have allowed scientific ocean drilling to recover core from targets that are generally inaccessible to the two dedicated IODP platforms: the US-operated JOIDES Resolution and the Japanese-operated Chikyu. By contracting vessels, drilling and logging services on a case-by-case basis, IODP has used MSPs to successfully conduct expeditions in the high Arctic Ocean and around Tahiti, and has shown that the program can recover cores in ice-covered waters and in very shallow water. The key strength of the MSP approach is that vessels, drilling and logging systems can be contracted to meet the particular needs of a scientific proposal. Within IODP, MSPs carry the necessary staff and equipment to recover and curate the core, to carry out initial descriptions, undertake a tailored downhole logging program and conduct essential measurements of physical and ephemeral properties. Comprehensive description and analysis of the cores to IODP standards takes place after the offshore phase has ended at the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR) in Germany. Depending on availability and cost, potentially any vessel, drilling or logging system can be hired to conduct an MSP. Future possibilities may include the Aurora Borealis that is currently being planned as an ice-breaking drilling vessel with the capability to penetrate 1000 m in 5000 m of water. The concept of MSPs could also be widened beyond vessels with conventional drill rigs. New and alternative technologies can be contracted as part of an MSP Expedition, for example remotely-operated shallow rock drills like MeBo (developed by the MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences) and the BGS Rockdrills (developed by the British Geological Survey). Such technologies have many advantages: they can be quickly deployed from a range of research and industry vessels, they can operate in a wide range of water depths (up to 6000 m by

  8. Beyond the crust : journey closer to the centre of the Earth

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    Smith, M.

    2005-09-01

    Scientists of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) are targeting the thinnest layers of the Earth's crust under the ocean floor. The crust below the Earth's ocean is only about 6 to 10 km thick, compared to an average 35 km under the continents. The primary objective of the IODP is to learn about the evolution of oceanic crust formed at slow-spreading oceanic ridges and to gain a better understanding of the oceanic core complexes. However, a by-product of the research may be improved oil and gas exploration and production. Although the drilling program does not have a link with the petroleum industry, representatives from the oil and gas sector have provided guidance in technology development for the past decade. The role of the oil and gas industry may intensify in the near future because of its expertise in coring operations. IODP has avoided potential hydrocarbon intersections, but has been involved in developing their technology for gas hydrate research. IODP researchers have completed the third deepest well ever drilled into the basement from a vessel which drilled 1,415 metres below the seafloor. The gabbroic rocks recovered from the drilling program have compositions that represent some of the most primitive lower crust ever sampled. Sections of the rocks are very fresh, with less than 1 to 2 per cent alteration. Scientists have come to within 3,000 metres to the Mohorovicic Discontinuity, the boundary between the crust and the mantle.The Chikyu 57,500 ton, half-billion dollar deep-sea drilling vessel is expected to undergo experimental voyages in late 2005 and is expected to begin deep-sea drilling in 2007. This research vessel is the first to adopt the riser drilling system typically used by the oil industry. The first task of the vessel, which can drill 7,000 metres below the sea floor, will be to study plate tectonics off the coast of Japan. Scientists hope that it will eventually break-through into the mantle to provide information

  9. Cloud conditions for low atmospheric electricity during disturbed period after the Fukushima nuclear accident

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    Yatagai, Akiyo; Yamauchi, Masatoshi; Ishihara, Masahito; Watanabe, Akira; Murata, Ken T.

    2016-04-01

    The vertical (downward) component of the atmospheric electric field, or potential gradient (PG) under cloud generally reflects the electric charge distribution in the cloud. The PG data at Kakioka, 150 km southwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP1) suggested that this relation can be modified when the radioactive dust was floating in the air, and the exact relation between the weather and this modification could lead to new insight in plasma physics in the wet atmosphere. Unfortunately the detailed weather data was not available above Kakioka (only the precipitation data was available). Therefore, estimation of the cloud condition during March 2011 was strongly needed. We have developed various meteorological information links (http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/akiyo/firis/) and original radar and precipitation data will be released from the page. Here we present various radar images that we have prepared for March 2011. We prepared three-dimensional radar reflectivity of the C-band radar of JMA in every 10 minutes over all Kanto Plain centered at Tokyo and Fukushima prefecture centered at Sendai. We have released images of each altitude (1km interval) for 15th - 16thand 21th March (http://sc-web.nict.go.jp/fukushima/). The vertical structure of the rainfall is almost the same at 4km with the surface and sporadic high precipitation is observed at 6 km height for 15-16th. While, generally precipitation pattern that is similar to the surface is observed at 5km height on 21th. On the other hand, an X-band radar centered at Fukushima university is also used to know more localized raindrop patterns at zenith angle of 4 degree. We prepared 10-minutes/120m mesh precipitation patterns for March 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21th, 22th and 23th. Quantitative estimate is difficult from this X-band radar, but localized structure, especially for the rain-band along Nakadori (middle valley in Fukushima prefecture), that is considered to determine the highly

  10. ECORD-IODP new opportunities in sub-seafloor investigation

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    Camoin, G.; Mevel, C.; Gatliff, R.; McInroy, D.

    2012-04-01

    Scientific ocean drilling has traditionally been conducted within a framework of international programmes. The current phase, IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program), started in 2004. As opposed to its predecessors, IODP has a multiplatform approach allowing to encompass most oceanic environments and therefore expands the scientific opportunities. USA operates the non-riser vessel JOIDES Resolution. Japan operates the Chikyu, a vessel specially built for scientific purposes and equipped with a riser system that allows drilling in unstable formation and down to ~6 km beneath the seafloor. The creation of ECORD (European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling), consortium of 16 (now 17) European countries and Canada that joined IODP as a single member, made possible the development of the concept of Mission Specific Platforms (MSPs). MSPs are platforms of opportunity contracted on a case by case basis that have allowed scientific ocean drilling to recover cores from ice-covered and shallow water targets that are generally inaccessible to the two dedicated IODP platforms. The current phase of IODP is ending in September 2013 and the new phase of ocean drilling is being prepared. A new science plan, elaborated by the international science community, was released in June 2011: http://www.iodp.org/Science-Plan-for-2013-2023/. The three current major players (USA, Japan and ECORD) are willing to participate in the next phase and continue providing access to all three platforms, although final funding decisions are still pending at the national level. The new organizational framework for scientific ocean drilling will be streamlined for a more efficient proposal review system and a better use of resources. An international evaluation for drilling proposals will be maintained, but the platforms will be operated independently by the country/consortia providing them. At the ECORD level, the new organisation may secure more funding for MSP operations and the goal is to

  11. Messinian Salinity Crisis - DREAM (Deep-sea Record of Mediterranean Messinian events) drilling projects

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    Lofi, Johanna; Camerlenghi, Angelo

    2014-05-01

    objectives related to the MSC. Among these proposals, one will be fully dedicated to the MSC event. Improved quality of seismic data has allowed important advances in the recognition and understanding of MSC seismic markers (surfaces and depositional units) and lithological and stratigraphical calibrations are now critical. Therefore, the drilling strategy must include multiple sites covering representative locations of both Western and Eastern Mediterranean basins. A series of critical drilling targets were thus identified as follows: - A first set of drilling targets, dedicated to shallow water (2500m) of both the eastern and western Mediterranean basins. This will be possible thanks to R/V Chikyu riser drilling vessel and will be the scope of a second MSC IODP proposal. DREAM Team: A. Giovanni galod@locean-ipsl.upmc.fr, H. Christian huebscher@zmaw.de, G. deLangeGert gdelange@geo.uu.nl, R. Flecker r.flecker@bristol.ac.uk, D. Garcia-Castellanos danielgc@ictja.csic.es, C. Gorini gorini@upmc.fr, Z. Gvirtzman zohar@gsi.gov.il, W. Krijgsman krijgsma@geo.uu.nl, S. Lugli lugli@unimore.it, I. Makowsky yizhaq@univ.haifa.ac.il, M. Vinicio vinicio.manzi@unipr.it, T. McGenity tjmcgen@essex.ac.uk, G. Panieri giuliana.panieri@uit.no, M. Rabineau rabineau@univ-brest.fr, M. Roveri marco.roveri@unipr.it, F.J. Sierro sierro@usal.es, N. Waldman nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il

  12. Interseismic stress accumulation at the locked zone of Nankai Trough seismogenic fault off Kii Peninsula

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    Kinoshita, M.; Tobin, H. J.

    2011-12-01

    Since 2007, we accomplished drilling, coring and downhole measurements at 13 sites across the Nankai accretionary complex off Kii peninsula using D/V Chikyu. Although the deepest hole is well above the seismogenic fault zone, we found that the stress regime is quite variable across the accretionary prism, and their mechanism is still in discussion. An important source for such stress variation is the tectonic loading. In order to assess how much stress can possibly be accumulated around the locked zone during one seismic cycle, we conducted a simple 2D plain-strain steady-state elastic model using the finite-element method. We fixed the geometry of plate interface and prohibited a horizontal displacement at one side (above the plate interface) 200km landward from the trench. Along the plate interface except the locked zone, we allowed free slip only along the fault. The locked zone is defined at 30-100 km landward of the trench, and is assumed as 100% locked (no differential movement). The movement of downgoing lithosphere is given at the landward side boundary 200 km landward of the trench. Since we deal with the total stress accumulation within one seismic cycle, a displacement of 5 m was given as a slab pull. Young's modulus in the Kumano forearc basin (1 km thick) is set as 4 GPa taken from sonic log data at Site C0009, whereas that in the underlying domain is set at 50 GPa which would be too high for the accretionary sediment. In that case, estimated stress would be lower than provided below. Most of the tectonic stress due to 5m of plate convergence is concentrated near the downdip edge of the locked zone. The principal compressional and shear stress on the fault is larger than 5 MPa and 2 MPa, respectively. They roughly agree with the stress drop during the M8 events. These stresses along the fault, however, gradually decrease seaward to zero level. Tectonic compressional stress near the updip edge is much smaller than near downdip. At Site C0002, it is

  13. First time real-time mud gas monitoring during riser drilling in the Kumano Basin (IODP Exp 319)

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    Wiersberg, T.; Erzinger, J.; Horiguchi, K.; Saffer, D. M.; Byrne, T. B.; McNeill, L. C.; Araki, E.; Takahashi, K.; Eguchi, N. O.; Toczko, S.

    2009-12-01

    Chikyu Expedition 319 was the first cruise of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) where riser drilling was performed and real-time mud gas monitoring was conducted, because this technique requires drill-mud circulation. In contrast to conventional IODP drilling that uses drill water in combination with lost circulation, during riser drilling the drill mud returns back to the surface through a riser pipe which encases the drill pipe. The dissolved gas is extracted from returning drill mud, analyzed in real time and sampled for noble gas and stable isotopes studies. This technique has been applied in the past on scientific continental drilling projects of e.g. the International Continental Drilling Program. Expedition 319 is part of the NanTroSEIZE project, a multiexpedition, multistage IODP drilling program focused on understanding the mechanics of seismogenesis and ruptures propagation along the Nankai accretionary prism. Riser drilling was carried out on Hole C0009 that intersects the cover sediments of the Kumano Basin and probably penetrates into the accretionary prism below. Site NT2-11 is located approx. 60 km SE of the harbour of Shingu, Japan. Real-time mud gas monitoring was performed in Hole C0009 during drilling from 703 mbsf (meter below sea floor) down to 1594 mbsf and during hole enlargement from 703 mbsf to 1569 mbsf. Both datasets show similar gas distribution at depth. Gas was furthermore extracted, sampled and analyzed from drill cuttings. Drill mud gas is generally composed of air and gases that derive from the formation. The principal formation gas in drill mud from both drilling phases and in cuttings was methane. Up to 14 vol % CH4 was detected during drilling and up to 3 vol % during hole enlargement. Down to 800 mbsf and below 1280 mbsf, the methane concentration in drill mud is lower than in the surrounded interval, where methane peaks at several depths. At 1280 mbsf an unconformity is indicated from lihology, in seismic and

  14. Drilling below the salt in the Western Mediterranean Sea : the GOLD-1 (Gulf of Lion Drilling) Project.

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    Rabineau, Marina; Aslanian, Daniel; Gorini, Christian; Alain, Karine; Participants, International

    2010-05-01

    ultimately on sedimentation in the deep basin. For the Miocene and older sediments the drilling, will yield information about the nature, paleoenvironments and age of deposits enabling an astronomically-tuned Neogene time scale to be refined for the period of Aquitanian through Langhian interval. 3) The Messinian extreme event represents a unique sedimentological, hydrological, oceanographic, biological and probably climatological crisis in Earth history. It is a unique case to study the impact of sea-level drop (more than 1000 m, one order of magnitude greater than Late Quaternary glaciations) on sedimentary river behavior, deltaic and evaporitic deposition and ensuing biotic crisis. Deep drilling with the R/V Chikyu is the only way to go through the complete series of evaporites in the Provence Basin, sample the initiation and evolution of the crises, the first deposits related to the lowering of sea-level on the one hand and to the salinity crisis on the other. 4) Finally, this drilling will represent the first opportunity to study the composition and functioning (metabolic processes and products, regulation of populations, etc.) of the microbial communities (bacteria, Archaea, viruses, fungi and protists) from the deep biosphere of the Mediterranean Sea. An additional and linked MSP GOLD-2 project has the objectives of recovering a unique global Pliocene records preserved on the shelf (Rabineau et al., this congress, session CL 1.6) We invite all interested scientists to join us in planning and promoting this drilling project. We are proposing an IODP Magellan workshop in Banyuls in October 2010 to bring together all interested scientists and stake-holders around these proposals and other drilling projects in the Mediterranean Sea (e.g. ICDP). Please contat us at the earliest opportunity.

  15. Planetary Protection for LIFE-Sample Return from Enceladus

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    Tsou, Peter; Yano, Hajime; Takano, Yoshinori; McKay, David; Takai, Ken; Anbar, Ariel; Baross, J.

    heading the International Marine Research Program in the world's oceans, seeking life and investigating life signatures and ongoing molecular evolution. Therefore, JAMSTEC is deeply interested in participating in a search for life in an ocean from another world via LIFE. Their experience in searching for and handling life in the oceans will be a great asset for LIFE. They are developing a higher BSL facility on their research ship Chikyu [Takano et al., 2014: cf. Sekine et al., 2014] for their marine research which can also accommodate LIFE's sample initial processing and possible preliminary examination period. References: McKay et al. Astrobiology submitted 2014. Tsou et al., Astrobiology 2012; Takano et al., Advances in Space Research, 2014; Sekine et al., Aerospace Technology Japan, 2014.