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The Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) is a JMA facility that conducts research to clarify and support the prediction of meteorological, terrestrial and hydrological phenomena and develop associated techniques and technologies. It also contributes to the advancement of fundamental technology for meteorological services. MRI further collaborates with other research organizations in Japan and overseas, and actively contributes to international bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). MRI conducts research for the improvement of information issued by JMA on weather, earthquakes, volcanic activity, climatic conditions and other phenomena.