ISAM2016 International Symposium on Agricultural Meteorology in Okayama 14-17 March 2016

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  • Registration deadline extended (Dec. 31, 2015)  Dec. 19, 2015
  • Program (Ver.1) of ISAM2016 updated  Feb. 1, 2016
  • Instruction for presentation updated  Feb. 9, 2016
  • Poster for public symposium updated  Feb. 16, 2016
  • Program (ver.5) of ISAM2016 updated  Feb. 17, 2016
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Date and Venue

DateTimeAnnual meeting of SAMJ*ISAM2016
14 March (Mon.) 15:00 - 18:00 Organized session
15 March (Tue.) 9:00 - 11:35 Oral session
11:40 - 13:10Business meeting
13:15 - 15:15 ISAM2016 public symposium
15:30 - 17:30 Poster session Poster session
17:30 - 19:00Young Scientist's AssemblyOrganized session (OS-E1)
16 March (Wed.)9:00 - 11:35Oral sessionOral session
11:35 - 12:35Business meeting
12:45 - 14:45General assembly
14:50 - 17:00Public symposium
18:00 - 20:00Banquet **
17 March (Thu.) 9:00 - 12:10 Oral session Oral session
12:10 - 13:10Business meeting
13:15 - 16:25Oral sessionOral session
* The annual meeting of the Society of Agricultural Meteorology of Japan (SAMJ2016) is also organized at the venue on the same schedule as ISAM2016.
** Recent Culture Hotel

  • →ISAM2016/SAMJ Program(oral / poster) Ver. 5 [2016/2/17]  

Instruction for presentation

Oral Presentation
  Please contact the organizers if making a presentation in the organized sessions.
  1. Time
    Each oral presentation will have a 12-minute talk followed by 3-minute discussion. The presenter will be notified by bells - once 2 minutes before the end of the talk, twice at the end of the talk, and three times at the end of the presentation.
  2. General procedures
    The display is limited to a screen projected by a PC, and OHP is not acceptable. Each room is equipped with a projector, an on-site PC (laptop), and a laser pointer. The presenter (or co-presenter) is responsible for advancing slides.
  3. Presentation file
    A presenter must bring a presentation file with a USB memory stick, and copy it to the on-site PC at latest 5 minutes prior to the first presentation in the morning or afternoon. Please make sure your file displays appropriately. On-site PCs are accessible from 8:30 AM until the first presentation or during lunchtime. Please allow yourself enough time for the preparation. You cannot access the on-site PC in between the sessions due to the limited amount of time. In addition, you can connect your own PC to a projector. Please confirm the connection before the session start. For an unexpected trouble, please prepare a backup file on a portable medium.
  4. File compatibility and naming
    A presentation file must be compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 on Windows 7. The on-site PC has Adobe Reader 11, and we accept a pdf file if desired. We recommend the aspect ratio at 4:3. The file name should include the number assigned for each presentation, for example, "E-9_YourName.pptx". The presentation number is available on the program posted on the website.

Poster Presentation
  1. Each presenter is provided with a 2100mm-high by 900mm-wide poster board, and thus the poster size of about A0 (or 1189mm-high by 841mm-wide) is recommended.
  2. Push pines and tape will be available in Poster Hall (Room PE). To locate your assigned poster board, look for the sign marked with your poster number at the top of each poster board. Each poster board will be marked with an individual poster number. Please check the online or printed program for your poster number. English is the primary language used for posters.
  3. You can set up posters from 2:00 P.M. on March 14. Posters must be removed by 1:00 P.M on March 17. Posters remaining after this time will be removed and recycled.
  4. Posters must remain up the entire poster session (March 15, from 3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.). Odd-numbered poster presentations are scheduled from 3:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.; even-numbered poster presentations are scheduled from 4:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Public symposium

We offer an opportunity to join ISAM2016 without registration.
Participation in the public symposium is not subject to payment of the registration fee.

  • "Drought, dust, and desertification as seen in a multi-hazard context"

  • Date : 15 March 2016 (13:15 - 15:15)
  • Venue : Okayama University Tsushima Campus
  • Target : Researchers in public and private sectors
  • Language : English
  • Organizers :
  •  Masato Shinoda (Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan)
  •  Reiji Kimura (Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan)
  •  Banzragch Nandintsetseg (IRIMHE, Mongolia, Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Backgrounds and aims :
  • This symposium first identifies climate hazard dynamics such as droughts, dzuds, dust storms, and desertification, and their interactions in Eurasian drylands. It then addresses a methodology for estimating the risk of hazards and developing an early warning system of meteorological disasters for their proactive and integrated management. The symposium includes achievements from a new project: “Integrating Dryland Disaster Science” (4D project), that has been implemented for FY 2013–2017 under the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Program supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
  • Speakers and topics:
  • Oral Session:
  •  1. Masato Shinoda (Nagoya Univ., Japan)
      “Multi-hazard approach in agricultural meteorology”
  •  2. David Thomas (Oxford Univ., UK)
      “World desertification and drought: present and future”
  •  3. Reiji Kimura (Tottori Univ., Japan)
      “Satellite-inferred dust hot spots in northeast Asia”
  •  4. Banzragch Nandintsetseg (IRIMHE, Mongolia; Nagoya Univ., Japan)
      “Coupling ecological and wind erosion models for sustainable land management”
  •  Discussion: Dryland multi-hazards and agriculture and public health
  •  5. Hiroshi Kadomura (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
      “Comments on agriculture”
  •  6. Shinji Otani (Tottori Univ., Japan)
      “Comments on public health”

  • click here to see an enlarged poster

Organized Sessions

  • E1 Study of 'Sustainable' Development in the Water-Scarce Society - Case of a Village in the Western Desert (Egypt)
  • Organizers have been conducting a joint research between the natural and social sciences in Rashda village in the Western Desert in Egypt since 8 years ago.
    This joint research aims at understanding the patterns and meanings of 'sustainable' development in a water-scare society in the arid climate region, and conducts the fixed-point observation and surveys in one of the agricultural fields in the village. This session reports some of the results obtained from the joint research with the collaboration of Egyptian co-researchers, and provides some insights on 'sustainable' development.
  • Organizers Nobuhiro Matsuoka (Chiba University), Hiroshi Kato (Hitotsubashi University), Erina Iwasaki (Sophia University), Reiji Kimura (ALRC, Tottori University)
  • Contact Erina Iwasaki (


Organized-Session Proposals Send your proposal (organizer(s), title, abstract) to the ISAM Secretariat by email before the deadline. If all the speakers are invited by the organizer, let us know it by the email.
Presentations (oral and poster) Send the registration form and extended abstract of your presentation to the ISAM Secretariat by email before the deadline. If you wish to present in the organized sessions (OS), please specify the code in the form.
Participation Participation without presentation is welcome. Send the regisration form to the ISAM Secretariat by email. The discounted price is applied until 31 Jan 2016.
Manuscripts (full/short paper) Your presentation at ISAM2016 is eligible to be published in the Journal of Agricultural Meteorology (JAM) under the special program in which manuscripts are processed more rapidly than regular ones. Except for such rapidness, however, there are no differences between the special and regular programs in terms of submission procedures and peer review processes. If you wish to submit a manuscript (full/short paper) for this program, please send the submission form with your extended abstract before 31 Jan 2016 and submit the manuscript before 11 May 2016 using the JAM online submission system. Check the web site of JAM for manuscript preparation (PDF).

Important deadlines (based on JST)
Organized-Session Proposals 15 Nov. 2015
Registration forms 20 Dec 2015 31 Dec. 2015 Extended!
Extended abstracts 31 Jan. 2016
Registration fee discount 31 Jan. 2016
Manuscripts for publication in JAM 31 May 2016

Fees and Payment

Fees (Japanese Yen)
(before 31 Jan. 2016)
(before 31 Jan. 2016)
Regular members of SAMJ JPY 8,000 (JPY 6,000) JPY 7,000 (JPY 6,000)
Student or postdoc members JPY 5,000 (JPY 3,000) JPY 4,000 (JPY 3,500)
Silver members JPY 5,000 (JPY 3,000) JPY 4,000 (JPY 3,500)
Non-members JPY 10,000 (JPY 8,000) JPY 8,000 (JPY 7,000)
Non-members (students/posdocs) JPY 7,000 (JPY 5,000) JPY 4,000 (JPY 3,500)
*Meals are not included.

  • Payment

  • Participants from outside Japan Fees for registration and the banquet basically depend on the participants' membership status as shown in the above tables. However, overseas non-member participants can receive a privilege of discounted rate for the members (or student/postdoc members) by completing the registration by 31 January 2016. Payment by credit cards (VISA or MasterCard) is acceptable only for the participants residing outside Japan with additional fees of 5% charged for each of the conference registration and the banquet. To process the payment by credit card, please send the application form by mail or FAX to the SAMJ/ISAM2016 secretariat by 1 March 2016. The address, FAX number and the fees with additional 5% charged are noted in the form. The payment will be processed soon after 1 March 2016, and no refund will be made for cancellations occurred later than that date. On-site payment is also possible at the registration desk of ISAM2016 on arrival but please be aware that cash in JPY is only acceptable.
  • → Application form for payment with credit cards (PDF)

  • Participants from inside Japan If you understand Japanese language, please refer to Japanese page. Otherwise, please contact us by E-mail ( All participants, irrespective of nationality, residing in Japan have to finish the payment by the due date to receive the discount in the payment. The payment by the postal money transfer is accepted until February 28. Thereafter, please pay at the reception desk on the meeting days.


  • in preparation

Open Meetings

  • Young Scientist's Assembly
  • See this page for details (only in Japanese)


  • 23 Sep 2015 Official web site launched.
  • 19 Nov 2015 Organized session titles and registration form updated.
  • 26 Nov 2015 Public symposium updated.
  • 6 Dec 2015 Abstract/Paper application form updated.
  • 19 Dec 2015 Registration deadline extended.
  • 1 Feb 2016 Program (ver.1) updated.
  • 9 Feb 2016 Instruction for presentation updated.
  • 16 Feb 2016 Poster for public symposium updated.
  • 17 Feb 2016 Program (ver.5) updated.

Executive committee

ISAM2016 Secretariat

Gradulate School of Environmental and Life Science,
Okayama University
3-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Kita-ku, Okayama, Japan
Tel: +81-86-251-8846 Fax: +81-86-251-8866

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