International Networks

This international joint research program is aimed at creating an FE Network Hub for Global Environmental Studies. To this end, we will simultaneously promote several international joint research initiatives in the three areas of Global Environment Monitoring, Environmental Technology Development, and Regional Development as the core of FE research, so that the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies can develop as a hub for such initiatives.

In the field of Global Environment Monitoring, we are proceeding with the following four international joint research initiatives on monitoring the global environment, under such key concepts as global warming, biodiversity, and urban expansion.

A-1. Carbon Cycle Model in Forest Ecosystems ( INRA-Bordeaux & Université de Lorraine, France)

A-2. Decomposition of Dead Organic Matter in Forest Ecosystems (METLA, Finland)

A-3. Microbial Ecology in Anaerobic Environments (Dalhousie University, Canada)

A-4. Anthropogenic Changes in Land Use/Cover (Leicester University, UK)

In the field of Environmental Technology Development, we are working to develop new environmental technologies through the following three international joint research initiatives, under such keywords as water sanitation, waste, and energy.

B-1. Water and Sanitation Systems (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland)

B-2. Sewage Sludge Methane Fermentation and Biogas Purification Systems (KU Leuven, Belgium)

B-3. Solar Light Storage Materials (Universiteit Utrecht & Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

B-4. Sustainable Waste Geotechnics (Colorado State University, United States)

In the field of Regional Development, we will pursue the following two international joint research initiatives, under such keywords as disaster mitigation and food problems.

C-1. Giant-Tsunami-Resistant Infrastructures (University of Hawai’i, United States)

C-2. Anthropology of Local Brewing Methods (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania & Université de Dschang, Cameroon)

During the three-year research period for the above international joint research initiatives, we will invite dispatched researchers to annually hold forums and internal report meetings so that we can build an organic FE Network hub based on the initiatives.

Areas Joint research topics Host institutes (host researchers), countries
A. Global Environment Monitoring A-1. Carbon Cycle Model in Forest Ecosystems(Professor Osawa) INRA-Bordeaux & Université de Lorraine, (Professor Epron), France
A-2. Decomposition of Dead Organic Matter in Forest Ecosystems(Professor Osawa) METLA(Professor Finer), Finland
A-3. Microbial Ecology in Anaerobic Environments(Professor Miyashita) Dalhousie University (Professor Roger), Canada
A-4. Anthropogenic Changes in Land Use/Cover(Professor Watanabe, Associate Professor Saizen, Associate Professor Hashimoto) Leicester University(Lecturer Comber), UK, and other institutes
B. Environmental Technology Development B-1. Water and Sanitation Systems(Professor Fujii, Associate Professor Tanaka) Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology(Dr. Strande), Switzerland
B-2. Sewage Sludge Methane Fermentation and Biogas Purification Systems(Professor Takaoka) KU Leuven(Professor Baryens), Belgium
B-3. Solar Light Storage Materials(Professor Kajii) Utrecht University (Professor Meijerink) and Delft University of Technology (Professor Dorenbos), Netherlands
B-4. Sustainable Waste Geotechnics(Professor Katsumi) Colorado State University(Professor Shackleford), U.S.A.
C. Regional Development C-1. Giant-Tsunami-Resistant Infrastructures(Professor Kiyono, Associate Professor Furukawa) University of Hawai’i (Professor Riggs), U.S.A.
C-2. Anthropology of Local Brewing Methods(Professor Funakawa) Sokoine University of Agriculture (Associate Professor Method), Tanzania; University of Dschang (Professor Fonteh), Cameroon