Recasting Observational Science for the Future of Humanity and Society

  • 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
GOTO Kazuhisa
Graduate School of Science
Department of Earth and Planetary Science Professor
Prediction of climate change, conservation of the atmosphere and marine environment, maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and mitigation of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions are important issues for the future of human society. These issues are deeply interdisciplinary and involve many fields of science. The Graduate School of Science is fully committed to the education of future generations of scientists through high-level scientific research. Since modern science and technology are extremely subdivided and complex, we have to educate students who intentionally challenge complex tasks and try to solve problems from a broad perspective, not bound by academic disciplines and national borders. For that purpose, there should be abundant opportunities for students to learn the most advanced theories, techniques, and interdisciplinary developments in real fields, tackling complex phenomena and events. Moreover, it is most effective that such an opportunity is offered when students become aware of the necessity, even after entering to their specific course. The idea of educational research that directly addresses complex phenomena, featuring field observational science is the "Recasting observational science" mentioned here. In order to realize this idea, multiple departments of the Graduate School of Science collaborate to organize this project, which promotes flexible education using practical training with advanced equipment and facilities.
Massive coral boulders deposited by past large tsunamis at Ishigaki Island, Japan

Research collaborators

- HIBIYA, Toshiyuki, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, Professor
- IDE, Satoshi, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, Professor
- KAGI, Hiroyuki, Geochemical Research Center, Graduate School of Science, Professor
- KAWAKITA, Atsushi, The Botanical Gardens, Graduate School of Science, Professor
- MIURA, Toru, Misaki Marine Biological Station, Graduate School of Science, Professor
- TAKAHASHI, Yoshio, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, Professor
- TERASHIMA, Ichiro, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Professor

Related publications

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- Goto, K., Hongo, C., Watanabe, M., Miyazawa, K., Hisamatsu, A. (2019) Large tsunamis reset growth of massive corals. Progress in Earth and Planetary Science, 6, 14.
- Goto, K., Chague-Goff, C., Fujino, S., Goff, J., Jaffe, B., Nishimura,Y., Richmond, B., Suguwara, D., Szczucinski, W., Tappin, D. R., Witter,R., Yulianto, E. (2011) New insights of tsunami hazard from the 2011 Tohoku-oki event. Marine Geology, 290, 46-50.
- Hibiya, T., Ijichi, T., & Robertson, R. (2017) The impacts of ocean bottom roughness and tidal flow amplitude on abyssal mixing, J. Geophys. Res., 122, 5645-5651, doi:10.1002/2016JC012564.
- Hibiya, T., Furuichi, N., & Robertson, R. (2012) Assessment of fine-scale parameterizations of turbulent dissipation rates near mixing hotspots in the deep ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi:10.1029/2012GL054068.
- Ide, S., & Yabe, S. (2019) Two-dimensional probabilistic cell automaton model for broadband slow earthquakes. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 176(3), 1021-1036.
- Ide, S., Baltay, A., & Beroza, G. C. (2011) Shallow dynamic overshoot and energetic deep rupture in the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake. Science, 332(6036), 1426-1429.
- Kagi H., Zedgenizov D.A., Ohfuji H. and Ishibashi H. (2016) Micro- and nano-inclusions in a superdeep diamond from Sao Luiz, Brazil. Geochemistry International, 54, 834-838.
- Kato M, Kawakita A (2017) Obligate Pollination Mutualism. Springer.
- Kawakita A, Sato AAW, Salazar JRL, Kato M (2019) Leafflower-leafflower moth mutualism in the Neotropics: Successful transoceanic dispersal from the Old World to the New World by actively-pollinating leafflower moths. PLoS ONE 14: e0210727.
- Kono M, Yamori W, Suzuki Y, Terashima I (2017) Photoprotection of PSI by far-red light against the fluctuating light-Induced photoinhibition in Arabidopsis thaliana and field-grown plants. Plant and Cell Physiology 58:35-45.
- Miura T (2019) Juvenile hormone as a physiological regulator mediating phenotypic plasticity in pancrustaceans. Dev Growth Diffr 61: 85-96.
- Qin, H. B., Uesugi, S., Yang, S., Tanaka, M., Kashiwabara, T., Itai, T., Usui, A., Takahashi, Y. (2019) Enrichment mechanisms of antimony and arsenic in marine ferromanganese oxides: insights from the structural similarity. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 257, 110-130.
- Sugime Y, Oguchi K, Gotoh H, Hayashi Y, Matsunami M, Shigenobu S, Koshikawa S, Miura T (2019) Termite soldier mandibles are elongated by dachshund under hormonal and Hox gene controls. Development 146: dev171942.
- Takahashi, Y., Fan, Q., Suga, H., Tanaka, K., Sakaguchi, A., Takeichi, Y., Ono, K., Mase, K., Kato, K., Kanivets, V. V. (2017) Comparison of solid-water partitions of radiocesium in river waters in Fukushima and Chernobyl areas, Sci. Rep., 7, 12407.
- Yamane R., Komatsu K., Maynard-Casely H.E., Lee S., Booth N., and Kagi H. (2019) Exploring for ferro-electically ordered form of ice VII by neutron diffraction under high pressure and high magnetic field. Physical Review B, 99, 174201

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