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


Program Members


Position, Department Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Environmental Studies
Office Room 719, Environmental Studies Hall
Homepage Lab HP
Research Keywords Remote Sensing, Environmental Change Monitoring, Geological Mapping


I use remote sensing as an observational tool to conduct research into the diagnosis of the current state of global environments. I intend, however, to use the opportunity presented by this GCOE program to forge collaborations with people working in treatment-based disciplines. There are three departments from the Graduate School of Environmental Studies taking part in this program, along with one department from the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Studies; this means I will be working with faculties and students from diverse disciplines with diverse research interests. I am looking forward to exchanging ideas with them all. Geologists are normally to be found out in the field, so I am equally looking forward to visiting the actual sites of environmental problems and seeing them with my own eyes. I hope to pursue my research through a combination of observations over a wide area through remote sensing and field-based survey.

Research Themes

Elucidation of Carbon Cycles in Terrestrial Ecosystems

I use wide-range observation via satellite remote sensing and ecosystem modeling to analyze the carbon dioxide absorption of terrestrial ecosystems and their impact on global warming. The figure shows fluctuations in net primary production since the 1980s, and further shows an upward throughout the entire globe (warm colours).

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Analysis of Remote Sensing Data such as Terra/ASTER, Kaguya/LRS

Using data from the ASTER instrument on NASA's Terra satellite, I estimate evapotranspiration levels in vegetated regions, heat balance analysis in urban centers, and geological mapping. I also use data from a lunar radar sounder onboard the Kaguya lunar probe, to analysis the subsurface structure of the moon, and I am also working towards clarifying the thermal history of the moon.


Mar 1980 Master's, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
Apr 1980 Researcher, Geological Survey of Japan, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology
Oct 1980 - Apr 1982 Geothermal Survey Department, New Energy Development Organization (temporary transfer)
Nov 1984 - Mar 1986 Visiting Scientist, Applied Earth Sciences Department, Stanford University
Oct 1987 Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Japan, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology
Apr 1996 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
Apr 2001 Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
Apr 2009 Dean, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University

Papers & Publications

  • Yamaguchi, Y., (&4 others) (1998): Overview of Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), IEEE Trans. Geoscience Remote Sens., 36(4), 1062-1071.
  • Kato H., Yamaguchi Y. (& 2 others) (ed.) (2007). Geology Seen From Space: Japan and the World. Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd., 150 pp. (in Japanese)
  • Sasai, T., Y. Yamaguchi, (& 2 others) (2007): Comparing terrestrial carbon fluxes from the scale of a flux tower to the global scale, Ecol. Model., 208(2-4), 135-144.
  • Ono, T., A. Kumamoto, H. Nakagawa, Y. Yamaguchi, (& 5 others) (2009): Lunar radar sounder observations of subsurface layers under the nearside maria of the moon, Science, 323, 909-912.
  • Ohtake, M.. (& 31 others) (2009): The global distribution of pure anorthosite on the Moon, Nature, 461(7261), 236-241.

Lecture Courses Taught

Graduate: Field Seminar on Environmental Studies, Theory of Earth Environment Observation, Sustainability and Environmental Studies, Seminar on Earth Environmental Systems
Undergraduate: Remote Sensing, Geology Experiments

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