Research Projects

Research Project Collaboration Division

Satellite Observation Center

The center contributes to the improved scientific understanding of the carbon cycle, more accurate prediction of the climate in the future, and the Ministry of the Environment's global warming-related measures through activities using the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (Ibuki/GOSAT, launched in 2009) and the satellite that will succeed it (GOSAT-2, to be launched in 2017). Activities include developing and operating a data-processing system that determines concentrations and other information about substances including atmospheric CO2, methane, CO, and fine particulate matter by verifying, storing, and providing the data obtained, and using the data in communication activities. The center will also conduct the scientific review of Earth observation satellites to come after GOSAT-2.

Japan Environment and Children's Study Programme Office

The Japan Environment and Children's Study is a large-scale birth cohort study conducted by the Ministry of the Environment. The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) serves as the Programme Office. The study, conducted in 15 regions throughout Japan, aims to investigate environmental influences during pregnancy and childhood on children's health and development. The Programme Office takes a leading role for the JECS, including accumulating data collected by Regional Centres; maintaining the database, or data management system (DMS); maintaining the repository of biological and environmental specimens; and performing exposure measurements including chemical analyses on the specimen. The Programme Office prepares standard operating procedures (SOPs); carries out administrative tasks; provides administrative and technical support for Regional Centres and is responsible for risk management and public communication.

Environmental Emergency Management Strategy Facilitation Office

Through research collaboration with organizations in Japan and other countries, this office implements projects such as developing disaster environment management strategies and collecting information upon which to base development, building and operating network systems; training personnel with practical expertise; providing on-site support for disaster responses; setting up international research hubs; and training researchers. By means of these initiatives, the office takes on the role and function of headquarters for implementing disaster environment management strategies of Japan.

Climate Change Strategy Collaboration Office

To understand climate change and its impacts, this office in particular considers measures that include compiling observation needs for the global warming field, developing implementation plans, managing and reporting on the state of implementation, and facilitating data distribution, as well as promoting the dissemination of results and public awareness. Municipalities , businesses, citizens, and other actors need climate change information to undertake measures to cope with climate change; to that end, the office shall, having first prepared a comprehensive information platform, continue to gather information and disseminate it widely in an easy-to-use form.

Office for Facilitating Social Dialogue and Co-production

To encourage dialogue between society and NIES about awareness of environmental problems and the current state of environmental research, this office will compile and analyze our experience to date, develop new communications content to provide information to the public using social media and other means. Further, the office will plan and hold events such as stakeholder meetings on NIES activities, and provide feedback from society to research activities. By means of these efforts the office will endeavor to build a relationship of mutual trust between society and environmental researchers.

Other Research Projects

Collaboration Office for Risk Assessment Science

Seeking to provide domestic leadership for promoting regulatory science with the aim of achieving a safe and worry-free society, the office carries out ecological toxicity research, international collaboration for development of testing methods, support for and standardization of test implementation, infrastructural improvements, and other efforts to support regulatory policies and measures. The office also collaborates with relevant organizations in activities such as conducting scientific risk analyses, building databases, and providing knowledge and methods. The office implements research projects so that the latest research and development results are used as the basis for shaping new regulatory policy measures.