Basin Ecosystem Functions Research Program

Outline of Program

We focus on matter and water cycles for basin ecosystems (national forests, lakes and rivers, coastal regions, the Mekong Basin, etc.) – developing methodologies for the quantitative assessment of ecosystem function. We further implement long-term strategic monitoring activities and assess the relationship between ecosystem function and various environmental factors.
On the basis of these assessments, we develop methodologies and techniques for evaluating the health of basin ecosystems, and implement research into optimal conditions for the conservation of ecosystems and for nature restoration.

Mt. Tsukuba man-made Japanese Cedar forest litterfall, rainfall collection