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About the CMCR
About the CMCR
CMCRThe Center for advanced Marine Core Research (CMCR) was established at the Monobe Campus of Kochi University in April 2003. We aim to promote research activities in the earth sciences, particularly related to marine core analyses. Our facilities can be accessed by scientists throughout Japan using the `nationwide joint-use’ system authorized by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) on a proposal basis. The nationwide joint-use research started in 2004, and about 40 research proposals are adopted every year.

One of the most important roles of the Center is to support IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) activities. The Center is one of the three main IODP core repositories in the world. For this reason, the facilities and equipment at the Center are jointly managed by Kochi University and JAMSTEC (Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology). In 2006, we adopted the common name (nickname) of ‘the Kochi Core Center’ (KU/JAMSTEC) for the facility and we generally promote educational and research activities using this name.

The research center that preceded the CMCR was established at the Asakura Campus of Kochi University in April 2000, as a joint-use research and education facility for the university under the name of the ‘Marine Core Research Center’. This expanded to the present Center in April 2003. At present, the CMCR is the only marine core repository for deep sea sediments in Japan, and also the research facility where a comprehensive suite of analyses on marine cores can be conducted.



Role of the CMCR
Joint usage Research Center for earth drilling sciences in Japan.

Core repository and analytical facility for the IODP.
   
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Main Research Objective
To investigate changes in the Earth’s environmental system:

To understand human impacts on recent environmental changes such as the greenhouse effect, we need to document past changes in the Earth’s environment. For example, studying past and present interactions between the climate and oceans using marine cores.
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Contribution to the Local Community
Promoting Kochi Prefecture, Kochi City and Kochi University as a center for ocean research by: international use of the facility for IODP related research, hosting both domestic and international symposia, and related activities.

Discovering microbial genetic resources
from the sub-seafloor sediments and rocks.

Promoting the new Kochi Port as a port of call for foreign
and domestic research vessels of scientific purposes.
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Outreach Actiivties
■CMCR Open Days
November 3, 2009, in conjunction
with the Monobe Campus Open Day.
November 3, 2007, in conjunction
with the Monobe Campus Open Day.
November 3, 2006, in conjunction
with the Monobe Campus Open Day.
November 5, 2005, in conjunction
with the Monobe Campus Open Day.
November 1, 2003, in conjunction
with the Kochi University Open Day.
August 2–3, 2003, Summer Vacation Open Days.


■Short courses
J-DESC Core School, Isotopic Analysis Course
(March 18–20, 2009)
J-DESC Core School, Basic Core Analysis Course
(March 14–17, 2009)
J-DESC Core School, Paleomagnetism Course
(August 6–8, 2008)
J-DESC Core School, Isotopic Analysis Course
(March 19–21, 2008)
J-DESC Core School, Basic Core Analysis Course
(March 15–18, 2008)
5th Core School – Intermediate and Advanced Course
(March 10–16, 2007)
4th Core School -Introductory Course
(September 19–22, 2006)
3rd Core School - Intermediate and Advanced Course
(March 14–20, 2006)
2nd Core School - Introductory Course
(August 3–5, 2005)
1st Core School - Intermediate Course
(March 16–18, 2005)



■Activities for high school students
Summer Science Camp 2009, hosted by the Japan Science
and Technology Agency (August 17–19, 2009)
Summer Science Camp 2008, hosted by the Japan Science
and Technology Agency (August 18–20, 2008)
Special lecture for students of Kochi Minami High School,
by the Science Partnership Program (August 9, 2008)
Special seminar at Kochi Ozu High School,by the Super Science
High School Program (October 25, 2007)
Summer Science Camp 2007, hosted by the Japan Science
and Technology Agency (August 19–21, 2007)
Summer Science Camp 2006, hosted
by the Japan Science Foundation (August 19–21, 2006)
Winter Science Camp 2005, hosted by the Japan Science Foundation
(December 23–25, 2005)
Winter Science Camp 2004, hosted by the Japan Science Foundation
(December 25–27, 2004)
Special lectures at Tosajuku High School, by the MEXT Science Partnership Program (SPP)
(August 3–4 and November 20–21, 2004)
Spring Science Camp, hosted by the Japan Science Promotion Foundation
(March 25–27, 2004)
Internship program for Kochi Minami High School (March 15, 2004)
Internship program for Aki High School (March 12, 2004).
Special lectures for students of Kochi Ozu High School,
by the Super Science High School Program (May–November, 2003)


Other activities
Special lectures for Kochi citizens
(April 10, May 1 and 8, 2009)
Special exhibition at CUL-PORT in Kochi city
(August 28 – September 2, 2007)
Special exhibition at the National Museum of Nature
and Science in Tokyo (December 16–24, 2006)
* There have been many visitors to the CMCR, both as individuals and groups.
 We offer a tour of the Center’s facilities for all visitors.
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Internarional Collabore
We are actively collaborating with other Earth science research institutes in Asia. These activities are based on agreements concluded between the CMCR and the following institutes:
 
Korea Institute of Geology, Mining and Materials (KIGAM), from 2007.
Institute of Earth Environment Chinese Academy of Sciences, from 2009.
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