Kenji Nakamura
Institute for Hydrospheric-Atmospheric Sciences
Nagoya Univesity

     The GAME international conference was held about once in two years. This year (1999) the conference was jointly held as: the Third International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle jointly with the Fourth Study Conference on GEWEX Asian Monsoon Experiment. The conference was held for 16-19 June at Beijing, China.
     The fourth GAME International Science Panel Meeting (GISP) was held from 14 to 15 June, 1999 at the Chinese Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China (CMA), with kind supports of CMA, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) and WCRP. GISP was just before the Fourth GEWEX International Conference at the same place. Twenty three GISP members or representatives and forty two observers/experts from 13 countries participated.
     After the opening addresses from Prof. T. Yasunari, Chairperson of GISP, Prof. Hong Yan, vice-administrator of CMA, Mr. Sam Benedict, WCRP office, the panel started. First, current status international activities closely related to GAME, such as GEWEX/WCRP and GHP were presented. After those, typical observation results of each component of GAME and related projects are introduced. Typical results include sensible and latent heat exchange between land and atmosphere in various regions.
     GAME Data Management is one of the key for this kind of project. Mr. Takahashi, MRI showed the guideline of the data exchange for confirmation. The importance of data availability is recognized well in the GAME related communities, and many talks were on the schedule of the data release. Basically, we do not have any serious problem in the data exchange policy.
     Future plan of GAME is one of the big subjects of this GISP. Several continuation proposals, for example, extended observation plan for HUBEX and Japan Frontier Observation System for Global Change, were presented. Coordinated Enhanced Observing Period (CEOP) was proposed by Prof. T. Koike and the importance of the CEOP was recognized and recommendation was adopted.
In the wrap up session, future schedule, such as, next GISP and GAME International Conference was proposed. The former is tentatively scheduled in June 2000 in Tokyo before or after the Western Pacific Geophysical Union Meeting. The latter is somewhere in 2001.