Disasters caused by extreme weather have been increasing across the world as global warming continues to expand. Serious risks such as threatening lives and assets frequently occur due to extreme heat in summer and record torrential rains in Japan. The Social Implementation Program on Climate Change Adaptation Technology (SI-CAT) collaborates with local governments in developing technologies that comprehensively assess precise climate predictions and the effectiveness of its countermeasures according to their respective regional characteristics. It aims to either avoid or reduce the damage caused by climate change by reflecting the technology in future plans for urban planning, agriculture and other industries.
Fujio Kimura, Program Director of Social Implementation Program on Climate Change Adaptation Technology (SI-CAT)
SI-CAT develops reliable technologies for near-term climate change projections that apply to reviewing and formulating climate change countermeasures by local governments and assessing the effectiveness of the countermeasures against climate change impacts in Japan. It conducts the project to realize reliable social implementation through development, which unites seeds of technologies with the needs of local governments. It also supports to adopt municipal adaptation measures appropriate for regional characteristics, which are taken against extreme weather phenomena (extreme heat or torrential rains) that are on the increase due to climate change.
As a national project, SI-CAT conducts technological development to find adaptation measures needed for the future in collaboration with researchers of geoscience, social science and humanities, and officials of local governments for the purpose of protecting the security of residents and their property from threats of climate change. It contributes to the development of adaptation plans by local governments and the creation of new enterprises, in consideration of the steady adaptation of various needs to climate change.