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


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Position, Department Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Environmental Studies
Office Room 403, Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center
Homepage Lab HP
Research Keywords Glaciers, Himalayas, Central Asia, Ice Cores, Climate Change


No cross-disciplinary research without individual specialization
Recently, the frequency with which the media contacts me about Asia’s glaciers has noticeably increased. “Why ask me?” I sometimes think, and then I realize that it’s probably because I’ve been publishing my findings on Asian glaciers for so long. Ever since Environmental Studies established itself as an academic discipline, throughout the successes of our previous 21COE, and now with the new GCOE, everyone has always been talking about “interdisciplinary research”, “collaborative research” ? with highly focused, specialist research becoming somehow taboo. However, without the individual members of a collaborative team each having their own specific and specialist knowledge, it’s just a bunch of academics. Young researchers, in particular, should be careful of such fashionable sounding terms as “interdisciplinary research” or “collaborative research”, and make sure that they initially concentrate on establishing themselves firmly within their own specialization.

Research Themes

  • Measuring and Modeling of Glacial Fluctuations in the Himalayas
  • Ice core drilling and palaeoclimatic reconstruction in Asian Highlands
  • Behavioral elucidation of stable water isotopes in Antarctica


1990 - Glacial surveys in Tibetan Plateau and Nepalese Himalayas
2001 - Ice core drilling in Russia and Central Asia
2002 - 2004 Wintering at the Antarctic Dome Fuji Station
2002 - 2005 Glacial observation in the Qilian Mountains, China
2007 - Glacial observation in the Nepalese Himalayas

Papers & Publications

Full details available on my homepage

Lecture Courses Taught

Cryosphere Science
Global Environment Change (joint)
Studies on Water Environment (joint)

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