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


Program Members


Name Hiroshi KANZAWA Hiroshi KANZAWA
Position, Department Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Enviornment Studies
Office Room 511, Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center
Homepage Lab HP
Research Keywords Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Climate Dynamics, Global Warming, Ozone Depletion


I have been involved in this Global COE in a coordinating role from the very beginning, when we first began to work on the application to be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. When drawing up the application, I took part in meetings between leaders, and was included in email-based discussions, and throughout the entire process I felt strongly that I was witnessing the birth of a new academic discipline. Now that the program has been selected as a Global COE, and I have begun to work together with all the parties involved, this same feeling grows ever stronger. In operational terms, I have taken on the role of secretary general, and from a research perspective I am also involved in Basic Environmental Studies.

Research Themes

Atmospheric science research on global environmental issues including global warming and ozone layer depletion.

  • Background knowledge: Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Climate Dynamics, Atmospheric Physics & Chemistry, Material Transportation and Cycles in the Atmosphere
  • Methods: Satellite Observations, Climate Modeling, Data Analysis


Jan 1953 Born in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture
Mar 1976 B.Sc., Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
Mar 1984 D. Sc., Department of Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Jul 1981 - Sep 1993 Research Associate, National Institute of Polar Research
(Jul 1984 - Mar 1986 Member, 26th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition)
(Sep-Nov 1987 Visiting Research Fellow, Ministry of Education Overseas Research Program (short-term), Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington (USA)
Oct 1993 - Mar 2003 Research Program Manager, Center for Global Environmental Research / Head, Atmospheric Physics Section, National Institute for Environmental Studies
Apr 2003 - Professor, Graduate School of Environment Studies, Nagoya University
(Apr 2006 - Mar 2008 Member, Education and Research Council of Nagoya University / Vice-Dean, Graduate School of Environmental Studies)

Papers & Publications

  • For a full list of papers and publications, please see the following URL:
  • Recent papers:
    • Ichikawa, H., H. Masunaga, and H. Kanzawa (2009): Evaluation of precipitation and high-level cloud areas associated with large-scale circulation over the tropical Pacific in the CMIP3 models. J. Meteorol. Soc. Japan, Vol. 87, No.4, 771-789. doi: 10.2151/jmsj.87.771 (August 2009)
    • Saito, S., I. Nagao, and H. Kanzawa (2009): Characteristics of ambient C2-C11 non-methane hydrocarbons in metropolitan Nagoya, Japan.  Atmos. Environ., Vol. 43, No.29, 4384-4395. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.04.031 (September 2009)

Lecture Courses Taught

  • Graduate (Graduate School of Environmental Studies): Climate System Science, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Seminar on Climate Science, Dynamics of the Sun-Earth-Life Interactive System 1 (part), Sustainability and Environmental Studies (in English, part)
  • Undergraduate (School of Science): Meteorology
  • General Education (Basic Science Classes): Basic Earth Science 1

Main international activities

  • Reviewer, "Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2006" by WMO.
  • Member, Panel to revisit its current position statement on Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, American Geophysical Union, 2003.
  • Reviewer, IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) TAR (Third Assessment Report) WG I: "Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis", 1999-2001.
  • Overall Campaign Leader, ILAS Validation Balloon Campaign: ESRANGE, Kiruna Sweden, Feb. - Mar. 1997.


  • Oct 2007, Horiuchi Award of the Meteorological Society of Japan
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