Vol.32, No.03. 2021
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This issue of Advances in Polar Science exclusively contains papers that are about polar research programs and activities of countries in the Asian region. Although several Asian nations (Japan, India, China, Republic of Korea) have been involved in Antarctic research for more than 30 years, there is a new and growing interest in the Asian region in scientific activity in both the Arctic and Antarctic. The Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS), established in 2004, is a regional consortium that aims to facilitate scientific research for the support and protection of polar environment, which has achieved multilateral research and logistics cooperation among Asian nations. The first paper in this issue, by A. Colombo, reviews the organisation, activities and achievements of AFoPs over fifteen years.
The other papers here present research results, from both polar regions, over a broad spectrum of natural science, ranging from investigation of the organic composition of Arctic sediments through to the possibility of terahertz observations of distant galaxies from the high Antarctic plateau. Some of these papers were first presented at the scientific sessions of 2017 and 2018 Annual General Meetings of AFoPs held in Shanghai and Xiamen during China’s chairmanship of the Forum.
We are grateful for the assistance from—Dr. Wentao Huang (Polar Research Institute of China), Dr. Satoshi Imura (National Institute for Polar Research, Japan), Dr. Hiroshi Matsuo (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Dr. Rahul Mohan (National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, India), Dr. Azizan Abu Samah (National Antarctic Research Center, Malaysia), Dr. Hyoung Chul Shin (Korea Polar Research Institute), Dr. Masaki Tsutsumi (National Institute for Polar Research, Japan), Dr. Voranop Viyakarn (Polar Science Consortium of Thailand), Dr. Kentaro Watanabe (National Institute for Polar Research, Japan), Dr. Yong Yu (Polar Research Institute of China), Dr. Beichen Zhang (Polar Research Institute of China), Dr. Hongyan Zhou (Polar Research Institute of China)—who served as Guest Editors for some of the papers in this issue.