Past Projects

ICCON Project

Nobeyama Radioheliograph (NoRH) is a radio interferometer specially designed to observe the full disk of the Sun at 17 and 34 GHz. From the fiscal year 2015, ISEE is operating NoRH as a representative of the International Consortium for the Continued Operation of Nobeyama Raidoheliograph (ICCON).

PSTEP Project

Although solar activity may significantly impact the global environment as well as socio-economic systems, the mechanisms for solar eruptions and the subsequent processes have not yet been fully understood. Thus, modern society, which is supported by advanced information systems, is at a risk from severe space weather disturbances. Project for Solar-Terrestrial Environment Prediction (PSTEP) was launched in order to improve this situation through synergy between the basic science research and the forecast operation.


VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact) is the international scientific program from 2014 to 2018 operated by the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP).


Many areas of southern Africa suffer from food shortages as a result of flooding and drought. The instability of seasonal wetlands that is formed during the rainy season is forcing the desert nation of Namibia to redesign its agriculture to ensure sufficient food supplies. The aim of this project is to develop new agricultural techniques that supply a constant yield even in years of flooding and drought. Specifically, rice, a newly introduced crop, is being grown with pearl millet, the local staple, to assess water requirements and economic feasibility, and develop a new cultivation model. We are investigating appropriate mixed cropping combinations and arrangements to ensure economic water use. By investigating wetland water quantity and the degree of dependence of crop growth on flooding, we aim to establish and introduce a new sustainable cultivation model in southern Africa that both protects the aquatic environment and makes maximum use of seasonal wetlands to help raise the living standards of subsistence farmers.


MAHASRI (Monsoon Asian Hydro-Atmosphere Scientific Research and Prediction Initiative) has been conducted as one of the Regional Hydroclimatology Projects (RHPs) of the GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Exchanges Project) Hydroclimatology Panel (GHP) under the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).