Environmental Management Engineering

Departments and Academic Staff

Department of Environmental Management Engineering

 It is in rural areas where food essential for human beings is produced and where people producing this food live. It is also in these areas where water resources and land conservation are to be found. The main purpose of the department is education and research in the technology for the development of rural areas, with three keywords: productivity, amenity and sustainability. The first keyword concerns the agricultural productivity that will be increased through irrigation and drainage, land reclamation, improvement and consolidation etc. The second one refers to the improvement in the quality of life in rural areas: land use planning, community roads, water supplies and sewerage systems etc. The last one indicates development in harmony with environment. The technology for achieving the first two keywords should be applied in harmony with the environment in rural areas. The department is organized in terms of these keywords and accordingly consists of the following divisions: Ecosystem Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Science.


Education and Research Field
 Ecosystem Engineering: The natural environment is formed as a result of materials circulation through the 'atmosphere', 'aquasphere' and 'lithosphere' (soil cosmos). Soils and vegetation not only play an important role in materials circulation, but are fields where materials are conserved, decomposed and recomposed as resources. Hence, rational and sustainable utilization of these functions of soil and vegetation leads to conservation of the natural environment. This division studies science and technology to improve the natural environment through appropriate management of soils, lands, vegetation, surface water, and ground water.

 Water Resources and Environmental Engineering: Agricultural productivity is highly dependent on the soil and water conditions of fields. Hence, the optimum control of soil and water is the key technology to increased land productivity. The division studies mainly the following topics on the utilization of water resources: (l) Irrigation and drainage, (2) Water resources and hydrology, (3) Design, construction and maintenance of water resources structures.

 Social Sciences in Environmental Management: In dealing with any of the environmental problems, it is necessary to have both the knowledge and philosophy of human and social sciences. The division conducts research activities into environmental planning and management on a multiple regional scale, using socioeconomic theories and concepts. It also provides educational service in order to enrich technical know-how and develop thinking ability in this field. Three sub-disciplines -Environmental Economics, Land Use Planning, and Landscape Management- have been formed for carrying out the above activities.


Staff and Research Projects

(As of Apr 1, 2018)
Research Areas Instructors Theme
Vegetation Management Asst. Prof.
Function and management of weed vegetation
Aquatic Zoology Assoc. Prof.
Kazuyoshi NAKATA
Ecology and conservation of freshwater animals
Lithosphere Management Prof.
Morihiro MAEDA
Soil and water quality management in agricultural land
Agricultural Land Engineering Prof.
Yasushi MORI
Conservation and restoration of soil environment
Asst. Prof.
Study on soil-plant-atmosphere interaction through integrating ground observation,satellite observation, and numerical models
Terrestrial Information Management Prof.
Hidenori MORITA
Study on rural environment using terrestrial information processing
Irrigation and Drainage Prof.
Toshitsugu MOROIZUMI
Movement of water, heat, and chemicals in soil-atmosphere continuum
Assoc. Prof.
SOMURA Hiroaki
Study on efficient use of water resources by appropriate irrigation management
Catchment Hydrology Prof.
Future prediction of change in basinwide circulation of water
Assoc. Prof.
Ryoji KUDO
Hydrological analysis of catchment responses to environmental changes
Design of Environmental Infrastructures Prof.
Prediction and risk evaluation in geotechnical problems
Assoc. Prof.
Takayuki SHUKU
Studies on inverse analysis in geotechnical engineering
Management of Environmental Infrastructures Assoc. Prof.
Toshifumi SHIBATA
Analysis of nonlinear soil-structure interaction problems
Environmental Economics Prof.
Fumikazu UBUKATA
Development, natural resources, and environmental governance in developing countries
International Rural Studies Prof.
KIM Doo-Chul
Depopulated rural studies in Japan, China and Korea, Area study of Vietnam
Yasuko HONDA
Establishment of a new maintenance system for rural resources as commons by promoting non-farmers' multipurpose use of the resources
Rural Planning Assoc. Prof.
Yasuaki KUKI
Establishment of comprehensive rural planning theory in community and municipality levels