International Coastal Research Center, The Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)

Foreword

The International Coastal Research Center is located in Otsuchi Bay on northern Japan’s Pacific coast. The cold Oyashio and warm Kuroshio currents foster high productivity and biodiversity in and around Otsuchi Bay. The large earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 resulted in serious disturbance to the nearby coastal ecosystem. It is very important to monitor physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the ecosystem as it recovers. Thus, we intend to reconstruct the ICRC in Otsuchi in order to contribute significantly to international coastal research.

Research Contents

Coastal Ecosystem Section

The coastal ecosystem section investigates mechanisms of formation and maintenance of the high productivity and biodiversity in coastal seas, focusing on oceanic and tidal currents, atmospheric and climatological conditions, and historical environmental changes.

Coastal Conservation Section

The coastal conservation section aims to provide a framework for conservation, restoration, and sustainability of coastal ecosystems by focusing on the life history and behavioral ecology of coastal marine organisms and dynamics of bioelements in the coastal areas.

Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Section

The section “Coastal Ecosystem Restoration” investigates the effects of the mega-earthquake and massive tsunami events of March 11, 2011, on coastal ecosystems and organisms, and monitors the secondary successions of damaged ecosystems.

Coastal Marine and Social Science Section

Under construction

Regional Linkage Section

The regional linkage division endeavors to coordinate academic programs of coastal marine science by establishing a network of scientific collaboration between domestic and foreign universities, institutes, and organizations.

Faculty Members

Coastal Ecosystem Section

  • Professor (concurrent) MICHIDA, Yutaka ymichida@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp
  • Associate Professor TANAKA, Kiyoshi ktanaka@
  • Associate Professor (concurrent) NISHIBE, Yuichiro ynishibe@
  • Research Associate SHIRAI, Kotaro kshirai@

Coastal Conservation Section

  • Professor AOYAMA, Jun jaoyama@
  • Professor (concurrent) SATO, Katsufumi katsu@
  • Associate Professor FUKUDA, Hidek hfukuda@
  • Research Associate MINEGISHI, Yuki y.minegishi@
  • Project Research Associate NOBATA, Shigenori nobata@

Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Section

  • Director/Professor KAWAMURA,Tomohiko kawamura@
  • Associate Professor KITAGAWA, Takashi takashik@
  • Research Associate HAYAKAWA, Jun jhayakawa@
  • Project Research Associate OHTSUCHI, Naoya ohtsuchi@

Coastal Marine and Social Science Section

    Under construction

Contact Information

International Coastal Research Center

The Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo 1-19-8, Akahama, Otsuchi, Iwate 028-1102, Japan

Tel. : +81-193-42-5611 (only in Japanese) Fax: +81-193-42-5612 (only in Japanese) E-mail: engan-jimu@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp (only in Japanese)

For contact in English, please get in touch with Director/Professor Tomohiko Kawamura: kawamura@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp, or the other faculty members listed above.