Research

【Geoenvironmental Sciences】

Atmospheric Science (in English, in Japanese)

Research is conducted on various weather and climate phenomena that occur on regional to global scale. Research is done through the observation of weather in the subject area, various data analysis and numerical simulations using models.

Researchers

  • Hiroshi TANAKA (professor)
  • Hiroaki UEDA (professor)
  • Kenichi UENO (associate professor)
  • Hiroyuki KUSAKA (associate professor)

 

Geomorphology (in English, in Japanese)

Geomorphology is the study of the forms of the land surface, the materials they consist of, and the processes which produce and modify them. Process geomorphology analyses the mechanics of geomorphic processes, whereas historical geomorphology focuses on histories or trajectories of landscape evolution. Applied geomorphology analyses, manipulates, and predicts geomorphic processes, which affect and are affected by human activities. In our laboratory we cover all three approaches by field work, laboratory experiments and analysis using Geographical Information Systems. Our main focus is on landforms related to weathering, landslides, gully erosion, sedimentary processes and ground freezing.

Professors

  • Norikazu MATSUOKA (professor)
  • Atsushi IKEDA (associate professor)
  • Tomohiro SEKIGUCHI (assistant professor)
  • Tsuyoshi HATTANJI (assistant professor)
  • Thomas PARKNER (assistant professor)
  • Tetsuya SHINOZAKI (assistant professor)

 

Hydrological Science (in English, in Japanese)

Our interests are the water cycle and terrestrial hydrological processes such as rainfall-discharge, evaporation, infiltration into soil, groundwater flow, and so on.  Transport of substances (pollutants, dissolved inorganic compounds, and carbon dioxide, etc.) and their impacts to the environments are also the target of our studies. Field studies are the main tools, but computer models, laboratory experiments are as important to solve hydrological problems.

Professors

  • Michiaki SUGITA (professor)
  • Jun ASANUMA (professor)
  • Maki TSUJIMURA (professor)
  • Tsutomu YAMANAKA (associate professor)
  • Atsushi KAWACHI (assistant professor)
  • Marino HIRAOKA (assistant professor)

 

Human Geography (in Japanese)

The purpose is to comprehensively and systematically research the spatial characteristics that are created by humans and the ground, including the relationship with the natural environment. Research is conducted multilaterally through statistical analysis and investigations of materials using demonstrative methods based on field work in topics such as cities, rural areas, social and economic activities transportation, and the relationship between human beings and environment.

Professors

  • Kiyomi YAMASHITA (professor)
  • Keisuke MATSUI (professor)
  • Yuji MURAYAMA (professor)
  • Takehiro MORIMOTO (assistant professor)
  • Yasuo ICHIKAWA (assistant professor)

 

Regional Geography (in Japanese)

In this field, research is conducted from the standpoint of the theories from physical landscapes to cultural landscapes to demonstrate the changes in the use of the space on the surface of the earth and their accompanying issues in the modern economic society. Regional geography is often distinguished by its interest in a specific situation in a particular locality. Both horizontal (person-to-person) and vertical (society-nature) relations within a coherent and nominally scientific framework are very important in this field. During the research, various regions in Japan, Asia, Europe America and Australia are discussed in their appropriate spatial scales as the subject of the research, and their current situations are analysed.

Professors

  • Masaaki KUREHA (professor)
  • Jun TSUTSUMI (associate professor)
  • Akio YAMASHITA (assistant professor)
  • Kenichi MATSUI (associate professor)

 

Analysis of Environmental Dynamics(in English, in Japanese1, in Japanese2)

The objectives of our research field are to develop a deep understanding of dynamics and changes in global and regional environment through analysis of water and material cycle on the Earth’s surface using environmental isotope or integrating remote sensing and GIS techniques.

Professors

  • Takehiko FUKUSHIMA (professor)

  • Yuichi ONDA (professor)

  • Bunkei MATSUSHITA (associate professor)

  • Hiroaki  KATO (associate professor)

  • Junko TAKAHASHI  (assistant professor)

 

【Earth Evolution Sciences】

Paleobiological Science (in Japanese)

Paleobiological Science is the same as Paleontology. Our research aims to study the history of the Earth and life on the Earth by using fossils.

The main research focus of Prof. Sashida is Paleozoic and Mesozoic radiolarian fossils. Prof. Agematsu studies conodont taxonomy and biostratigraphy. Both professors investigate mass extinction events during the Phanelozoic era and also Paleozoic and Mesozoic paleozoogeography and geological history of Southeast Asia.

Professors

  • Katsuo SASHIDA (professor)
  • Sachiko AGEMATSU (associate professor)

 

 

Paleogeoshpere Science (in Japanese)

Paleogeosphere Science Laboratory conducts fundamental research on the earth surface history through various methods of sedimentology, sedimentary petrology and paleontology. Our major research topics are (1) tectonic history at continental margins in and around the Tethys Sea, (2) Paleoenvironmental changes in Paleozoic and Mesozoic ocean, and (3) History of earthquakes and tsunamis in Asia.

Professors

  • Ken-ichiro HISADA (professor)
  • Yoshihito KAMATA (associate professor)
  • Shigehiro FUJINO (associate professor)

 

Geodynamics (in Japanese)

Professors

  • Kohtaro UJIIE (associate professor)
  • Yuji YAGI (associate professor)
  • Ryo ANMA  (assistant professor)

 

Petrology (in Japanese)

This field focuses on the petrological studies of igneous rocks and metamorphic rocks, as well as on the geochemical study of volcanic hydrothermal system. Main topics are the investigation and elucidation of the origin and generation mechanism of magmas in volcanic arc systems, and of the metamorphic conditions and processes associating with the formation of major orogenic belts. The research methods basically involve field observations and laboratory experiments.   

Professors

  • Yoji ARAKAWA (professor)
  • Toshiaki TSUNOGAE (professor)
  • Kei IKEHATA (assistant professor)

 

Planetary Resource Dynamics (in English, in Japanese)

Our research interests are many and varied, but they are wholly included in the field and laboratory studies of topics on the formation of ore deposits, and concentration and dispersion of metals in the terrestrial environment

Professors

  • Ken-ichiro HAYASHI (professor)
  • Kosei KOMURO (assistant professor)
  • Teruyuki MARUOKA (associate professor)

 

Mineralogy (in English, in Japanese)

A mineral is the smallest component of the Earth and planets. The studying physical properties of the minerals is fundamental to a deeper understanding of the Earth's past, present, and future. University of Tsukuba is surrounded by approximately 300 national and private institutions with world's highest level of research in the city. With the great advantage in the scientific abilities, we are able to conduct various researches with the highest quality. We welcome students with backgrounds in geology, physics, chemistry, and material science.

Professors

  • Masanori KUROSAWA (associate professor)
  • Atsushi KYONO (assistant professor)