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Laboratory of Forest and Water Resources Management

We work on theories and methods that are practically useful for comprehensive and sustainable management of forest and water resources at watershed scale. Fundamental studies consist of hydrological study identifying water and nutrient cycle in various forested watersheds and long-term and large-scale ecosystem monitoring in order to demonstrate the structure and dynamics of managed forests. We further aim at proposing the optimum methods that can be applied in managing forested watersheds, based on the evaluation of its public-beneficial functions from both local (e.g. ecosystem services to the residents) and global (e.g. greenhouse gas sequestration) viewpoints. Our reported research results include; 1) Processes of water and nutrient cycle and mass movement during forest restoration, 2) Dominant factors affecting rain-runoff characteristics in various mountainous watersheds at different spatial scales, 3) Forest resource management planning using GIS, and 4) Spatial information management at the University of Tokyo Forests. At present, we pursue the following researches;

Major theme

  • Effects of climate change and management by humans on ecosystem services of forested watersheds
  • Analysis on habitats of trees in suburban forests in relation to hydro-meteorological variables
  • Evaluation of multiple functions of forested watersheds using monitoring indices
  • Establishment of sustainable forest management system based on information from a long-term and large-scale monitoring.

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