Master’s Courses

Division of Environmental Science

Examining relationships between environmental and ecological systems, and humans

In this Division, education and research aims to restore and conserve natural environments that have been deteriorating as a result of human activity, and create a safe and comfortable society where nature and humans can coexist. We aim to nurture promising individuals who can contribute to the progress of this field, as well as work on advanced academic research for problem solving in this field.

In order to create a sustainable local community in which nature and humans can coexist, and given the current era of extremely advanced science and technology with a wide range of human relationships, it is essential to nurture specialists with a broad outlook who are highly creative and independent in decision-making, as well as able to provide leadership for the community. In addition, it is important to expand on relevant academic research, and make use of and promote the research results for the benefit of the community. For this purpose, with the Master’s Degree Course, we aim to educate specialists who, through coordinated cooperation with experts in various environmental fields, can gain a deep understanding of the relationships between the environment/ecosystems and human activities from a living organism, biological and human perspective related to environments such as the pedosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

In order to achieve the above, four research fields (details below) have been set up in the Division of Environmental Science as the basic units for education and research.

Research Field: Environmental Analysis

This field focuses on the education and research of the following topics, looking at the soil, water and air that makes up agricultural and forestry environments, in order to contribute to the restoration and conservation of environments in which humans and nature can coexist.

On the topic of material cycles in agricultural ecosystems, students analyze the fluctuations in stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen (components of soil), gain an understanding of the production mechanisms of persistent organic matter and humic substances, and work on the development of new methodologies for understanding the interrelationships between bioproduction and the environment. In order to contribute to the formation of healthy water environments, students analyze water cycles and the dynamics of water quality in agricultural and forestry areas as well as gain an understanding of the related mechanisms, and additionally work on the development of related analysis models. With regards to the resource of the atmospheric environment—which affects and is affected by human activities including agricultural production—students gain an understanding of climatic fluctuations particularly in the Hokuriku region, as well as the current status of acid rain and its control mechanisms.

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Research Field: Conservation of Biological Environments

In order to form a rich ecology, this field involves a focus on plant, animal and microorganism ecosystems, in particular functional leaf longevity research, new estimation methods for gross canopy photosynthetic production, conservation of biological diversity in rural environments and analysis of maintenance structures, and molecular ecological research on the interactions between microorganisms and plants. In addition, students gain an understanding of the relationships between human activities and ecosystems, and thus education and research is conducted for the purpose of the restoration and conservation of ecosystems as well as environmental conservation.

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Research Field: Management of Production Environments

In order to contribute to the maintenance, management and preservation of environments in which the diverse functions of agricultural land are effectively realized, students in this field gain an understanding of nitrogen and phosphorus load runoff from farmland as well as water quality purification measures. They also look at environmentally-compatible methods of agricultural and rural development, the maintenance, conservation and management of production infrastructure that is compatible with the environment such as the conservation and management of agricultural irrigation/drainage facilities and disaster prevention measures, as well as water use and measures to prevent a range of natural disasters. Education and research is carried out on agricultural environmentology for the purpose of sustainable food production in which nature and humans can coexist.

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Research field: Regional Environmental Systems

In order to contribute to the formation of a safe, comfortable and lively community, an understanding of the collection and analysis methods for local environment data, including the use and management of local resources such as land and water at the watershed level (including agricultural villages and cities) as well as resource recycling and climatic data, is encouraged. Education and research is focused on forming a sustainable local community in which humans and nature can co-exist, through creating local environments that are suited to an aging society with depopulation, compiling environmental pollution maps with GIS and working on environment conservation measures, as well as working on conservation of biodiversity in water system networks and conservation measures targeted at rare species.

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