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JALPS is the Japanese Alps Inter-University Cooperative Project. This program aims to predict the influences of global warming on the environments of the Japanese Alps region. To achieve this goal, scientists of three universities cooperated and started the project beyond the framework of each university. Specialists of climate, water and nutrient cycles, carbon cycle, and ecosystem face the issues. The outcomes of this project will offer future predictions and therefore the countermeasures against global warming.

Two new research organizations in mountain studies have been established in Japan during the cherry blossom season
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Two new research organizations in mountain studies have been established in Japan during the cherry blossom season

April might be the most important month in the Japanese year, not only because of the cherry blossom season but for starting a new semester. In April 2017, two new research organizations have been established regarding mountain studies in Japan – “Master degree program of mountain studies” and “Mountain Science Center (MSC)”. After a Japanese […]

Japan’s “Exquisite and Well Conserved” mountain springs
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Japan’s “Exquisite and Well Conserved” mountain springs

Mountain springs: How do we manage the water cycle? Thirty years ago, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment selected one hundred Exquisite and Well Conserved Waters (called “meisui” in Japanese, meaning “good water” in short) to promote the conservation of aquatic ecosystems and to raise awareness about their importance. In 2008, 100 more waters were […]

Is the water cycle accelerating over the Tibetan Plateau?
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Is the water cycle accelerating over the Tibetan Plateau?

The International Workshop on Land Surface Multi-spheres Processes of Tibetan Plateau and their Environmental and Climate Effects Assessment was held August 8-10 in 2016 in Xining (2200 m a.s.l.), capital of Qinghai province in China and the northeastern gateway to the Tibetan Plateau (TP). The meeting was supported by the Third Pole Environment (TPE) program […]

Sediment disaster mitigation: When is the price tag too high?
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Sediment disaster mitigation: When is the price tag too high?

In Japan, the government spends a lot of money to reduce sediment disasters in mountains, disasters which claim lives, property and valuable forest resources. For example, in a small village surrounded by high mountains in Shizuoka prefecture (central Japan), the government has spent more than 400 million yen (US$ 4 million) per year on sediment disaster […]

Hot springs and geothermal energy: Conflict or cooperation?
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Hot springs and geothermal energy: Conflict or cooperation?

The international media recently proclaimed with great fanfare that “Japan creates new national Mountain Day holiday to ease pressure on exhausted salarymen”. While it is true that Japan will celebrate its first “Mountain Day” on August 11, it is perhaps misleading to target Japanese “salarymen”. To begin with, Japanese salarymen are not always interested in […]

All (phenological) eyes on Takayama forests!
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All (phenological) eyes on Takayama forests!

Phenology has been one of the hottest topics in ecosystem and global environmental sciences in the last decades. Plant phenology describes the seasonal events we enjoy every year in our surrounding mountain forest ecosystems: leaf budbreak and expansion in spring, flowers and many insects including cicadas in the forest canopy in summer, acorns and leaf […]

Mountains, butterflies and biodiversity in Japan
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Mountains, butterflies and biodiversity in Japan

In 2010, the Japanese Alps inter-university cooperative project (JALPS) was formed to reveal the impact of climate change on the ecosystems and humans in and around the Japanese Alps. Since then, JALPS researches have produced an impressive 243 international, peer-reviewed papers, covering topics that range from climate and carbon cycles to hydrology and biodiversity. As […]

Launching a new “Mountain Science Academia” in Japan
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Launching a new “Mountain Science Academia” in Japan

When you think of Japan, do you think of mountains with great natural diversity, or are you more likely to think of technology and manufacturing? Although people often associate Japan with islands and volcanoes, what many people don’t realize is that over 70% of Japan is covered by mountainous forests. Mt. Fuji (3,776 m) is […]