Guide to the departments and adjunct facilities

Department of Environment and Forest Resources Science

Because of concerns about global warming in recent years, there are growing worries about more frequent natural disasters and the serious effects they might have on ecosystems and food production. The forests comprise the biggest ecosystem on land, and they supply basics to survival that are absolutely necessary to human beings. In light of this, an urgent issue for human survival is to maintain the environment-conserving function of forests including CO2 absorption, and the creation of a forest cultivation and management system that enhances these functions.
On the other hand, the woody biomass obtained from forests is a valuable resource that is also absolutely essential to human life. It is extremely important as an issue of global environmental conservation – including the prevention of global warming -- to create a sustainable recycling-minded society by effectively using, reusing, and reproducing this biomass.

Department of Environment and Forest Resources Science conducts research and teaches with the goal of creating a recycling-minded society. Global environmental protection as applied to the utilization of forests and effective use of the woody biomass are two more important subjects in the education of the people who will forge the future of humankind.

The breakdown of environmental pollutants by forest microorganisms and the use of forest constituents as biologically active agents are valuable to human life.

A hybrid monocoque laminate creates furniture and interior housing materials that are light in weight yet solid and substantial. A combination of different types of trees is a key technique for using resources effectively.

An experiment using an online computer system examines how the components that make up a house (e.g., the walls) are shaken and destroyed in an earthquake.

We are investigating whether bamboo charcoal can be used effectively when seeding slopes along a forest road. The test is being conducted in an area near an actual forest road.

We are monitoring the occurrence and flow characteristics of mudflows at the Ohya Landslide (one of the three big landslide sites in Japan) on the upper portion of the Abe River.

To evaluate carbon-fixing capacity, we measure photosynthesis and transpiration speeds. (Here you see measurements being taken atop a steel observation tower, where we study beeches at Naeba Mountain.)


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