Implementation of the Subtropical Kuroshio Research and Education Center for Evaluating the Japanese Environmental Changes and Ecosystems in Anthropocene

  • SDG2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • SDG6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • SDG11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • SDG13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • SDG14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • SDG15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Yusuke Yokoyama
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
Evaluation of the future impact of anthropogenic environmental changes on human life, natural disasters and ecosystems is urgent due to ongoing global warming. This project in the Subtropics will collaborate with the International Coastal Research Center, located in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, in the Subarctic Zone, and aims to understand the comprehensive mechanism of ecosystem, resources and environmental changes along the Kuroshio Current in the Anthropocene based on atmospheric and marine science. This project will also contribute to and cooperate with local communities to protect nature following the example of the virtual school, “Marine Sciences and Local Hopes in the Sanriku Coastal Area”, associated with the International Coastal Research Center.
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Research collaborators

Tomohiko Kawamura, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
Shoko Hirabayashi, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
Tomoji Mashimo, The Institute of Medical Science
Shin-ichi Yokota, The Institute of Medical Science
Akira Nishimura, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
Yujin Yaguchi, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

Related publications

  • Yokoyama and Purcell (2021). On the geophysical processes impacting palaeo-sea-level observations. Geoscience Letters, 8:13.
  • Hirabayashi and Yokoyama (2020). New definition for the subdivision of the Holocene Epoch and climate, The Quaternary Research, 59 (6), 29-157. (In Japanese)
  • Yokoyama (2018).4.6 Billion Years of Climate Change on Earth - the past, present and the future of the earth climate based on carbon cycle. Kodansha. (In Japanese)
  • Yokoyama et al. (2018). Rapid glaciation and a two-step sea level plunge into the Last Glacial Maximum. Nature, 559, 603–607.
  • Kawakubo, Alibert, Yokoyama (2017). A reconstruction of subtropical western North Pacific SST variability back to 1578, based on a Porites Coral Sr/Ca record from the northern Ryukyus, Japan. Paleoceanography, 32, 1352– 1370.
  •  Hirabayashi, Yokoyama, et al.(2017). Multidecadal oceanographic changes in the western Pacific detected through high-resolution bomb-derived radiocarbon measurements on corals. Geochemistry. Geophysics. Geosystems, 18, 1608– 1617.
  • Nishimura (2010). Kagoshima Environmental Science II, 47-61, Nanopo-Shinsha. (In Japanese).


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