Forest Environment and Function Research
Sense the rationale of forest environments in the immensity
Our group aims to reveal C (carbon)/ H2O (water)/ N (nitrogen) dynamics and the consequent ecosystem services in forested watersheds of cool-temperate zones. Biogeochemical, hydrological and micrometeorological backgrounds are necessary to achieve the objective.
Recent research topics are; Soil nitrogen biogeochemistry under changing climate; Water and soil quality changes with various land-use and land-cover alterations; Ecosystem ecology and ecosystem services; Effect of forestry activities on carbon & water cycles; Effect of global warming on soil respiration; Inter-site comparison of carbon cycles of Asian forests; Regional scale evaluation of forest carbon cycle; Snow accumulation and melting processes in forests of northern Hokkaido; Water budgets and hydrological processes in forest catchments.