Nagoya University Global COE Program: From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies

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Program Members

Tetsuzo YASUNARI

Name Tetsuzo YASUNARI Tetsuzo YASUNARI
Position, Department Director, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Research Keywords Meteorology, Climatology, Climate Systems Studies

Message

From the universe, to the earth, down to life itself, nature has a clearly hierarchical structure, yet it is a structure that is seamless, with each element in close relation to the others. The activities of human society, which utilizes and exploits nature, are more complex still, and the interaction of nature and human activity serves to create a space known as the ‘environment'. Today, global environmental problems are of great political and economic significance. In order to be able to respond to and resolve these problems, knowledge - an integration of both philosophical and practical approaches - is the key to harmonizing our understanding of nature with our human activity. Young researchers and students, both Japanese and international, must shoulder the responsibility for taking care of the earth in the 21st century. It is vital that they work together, looking beyond narrow academic disciplines, to create a platform where the earth and the environment can be considered holistically; this is what I hope the Global COE program will achieve.

Research Themes

  • Changes in global climate systems (from solar changes to glacial cycles)
  • Climatic environments in the Tibetan Plateau, the Himalayas and Asia
  • The impact of human activities on the Asian monsoon climate system
  • Interactions between climate systems and the biosphere
  • Philosophical study on the relationship between the earth and human activity

Biography

Apr 1977 - Feb 1982 Research Associate, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Mar 1982 - May 1990 Lecturer, Institute of Geoscience, University of Tsukuba
Jun 1990 - Mar 1992 Associate Professor, Institute of Geoscience, University of Tsukuba
Apr 1992 - July 2002 Professor, Institute of Geoscience, University of Tsukuba
Oct 1997 - Mar 2005 Director, Hydrological Cycle Research Program, Frontier Research Center for Global Change (concurrent post)
Aug 1999 - Mar 2005 Director, Hydrological Cycle Research Program, Frontier Research System for Global Change (concurrent post)
Aug 2002 - ongoing Professor, Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center, Nagoya University
Aug 2002 - Mar 2003 Professor, Institute of Geoscience, University of Tsukuba (joint post)
Apr 2003 - Mar 2004 Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo (joint post)
Apr 2003 - ongoing Honorary Professor, University of Tsukuba
Oct 2003 - Mar 2008 COE Leader, 21st Century COE Dynamics of Sun-Earth-Life System, Nagoya University(concurrent post)
Oct 2003 - Mar 2008 Professor, Institute for Advanced Research, Nagoya University (concurrent post)
Apr 2004 - Mar 2008 Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo (visiting faculty)
Apr 2005 - Director, Hydrological Cycle Research Program, Frontier Research System for Global Change , JAMSTEC (concurrent post)
Aug 2006 - Sep 2008 Council Member, Science Council of Japan
Apr 2008 - Director, Study Consortium for Earth-Life Interactive System, Nagoya University (concurrent post)
Oct 2008 - Associate Member, Science Council of Japan
Jun 2009 - Mar 2013 COE Leader, Global COE From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
Apr 2013 Director, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Papers & Publications

Lecture Courses Taught

Dynamics of the Sun-Earth-Life Interactive System (Graduate School of Environmental Studies)
Climate System Science (Graduate School of Environmental Studies)
Eco-Climate System Seminar
Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences (Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences, School of Science)

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