The Institute of Low Temperature Science (ILTS) was established in 1941 as the first research institute attached to Hokkaido University. Since then, the ILTS has developed as one of the world-leading institutions in the research field of natural sciences in the cryosphere and the cold surrounding. Advanced research is now being carried out at the ILTS with the main focus on fundamentals and applications of various natural phenomena occurring in regions with climatic low temperatures and also basic studies on snow and ice that pioneer a new field of planetary and physical research, and ILTS serves as a nationwide joint-use institute and a networking hub of academic exchanges with various research societies.
Since it has become clear that the cryosphere plays an important role in the global climate system and ecosystem, nature in the cryosphere has gained attention in recent years as an important subject of study regarding environmental earth science. At the same time, basic studies on snow and ice have become important for finding solutions to various environmental concerns. As a core research institute of environmental earth science, the ILTS is now promoting comprehensive research of various natural phenomena occurring in the cryosphere and cold environments, with respect shown to our past achievements but without adhering to tradition.
The ILTS will commemorate 70th anniversary in 2011 and take a new step forward to the future. It will be a good occasion for us to reflect on the mission, past accomplishments, and future strategies of the ILTS in order to continue making substantial contributions to the advancement of fundamentals and applications in relevant fields with the cooperation of all ILTS staff and research communities. We will all do our best and we hope to have your cooperation and support.
Director of the Institute of Low Temperature Science