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Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP)
Introduction to Environmental Earth Science




Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

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Guidance


The guidence is held in D102-GSES at 14:45 on April 17 2017.

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Introduction to Environmental Earth Science


I am the instructor in charge this year. If you have any queries, please contact me.

Syllabus (2017)


Instructors:
  • Shiro Tsuyuzaki:
  • Sohiko Kameyama: skameyama (at) ees.hokudai.ac.jp
  • Hitoshi Suzuki: htsuzuki (at) ees.hokudai.ac.jp
  • Masaaki Kurasaki: kura (at) ees.hokudai.ac.jp
  • Toshikazu Kawaguchi: t_kawa (at) ees.hokudai.ac.jp
Course Category

Course offered by Graduate School of Environmental Science
Year: 2017
Semester/Quarter: 1st Semester
Course Format: Lecture (+ small discussion, field trip, etc.)
Level: 1000-3000 (everybody is welcome)
Credit: 2

Keywords
environments, natural sciences
Course objectives
The course will address five issues in environmental earth sciences:
1) global warming and ocean ecosystems, 2) environmental changes and animal diversities, 3) plants and plant ecosystems in Japan, 4) environmental pollution and remediation, and 5) nanotechnology for environmental sciences
The major objective of this course is to engage students in interdisciplinary discourse by addressing each of these issues.
Course goals
Grasping issues in environmental earth science with various spatial scales, and examining the interdisciplinary discourse by addressing each of the challenges.
Course outline
  1. Introduction (Guidance)(Tsuyuzaki)
  2. Temporal and spatial patterns on ecosystems in Japan with reference to global warming (Tsuyuzaki)
  3. Earth system and global warming (Kameyama)
  4. The roles of the oceans and carbon cycles (Kameyama)
  5. Marine feedback systems on global warming (Kameyama)
  6. Strolling across the campus to see the ecosystems (flexible depending on the weather) (Tsuyuzaki)
  7. Past and present on environmental pollution in Japan (Kurasaki)
  8. Case studies of pollution in China, Indonesia and Mongolia (Kurasaki)
  9. Remediation technologies for water and soil (Kurasaki)
  10. Biodiversity of the Japanese mammals (Suzuki)
  11. Biodiversity and biogeography of mammals in Hokkaido (Suzuki)
  12. Biodiversity in local ecosystems (Suzuki)
  13. Nanotechnology for environmental science (Kawaguchi)
  14. Biosensor for medical diagnosis and food analysis (Kawaguchi)
  15. Gas sensor for environmental monitoring (Kawaguchi)
Earth
Grading Policy

Activities in class participation (40%) + essay questions (30%) + short exam (30%)

Textbook

The handout will be provided and references are introduced in each lecture.

Class Time, Dates and Location

14:45-16:15, Monday, D103-GSES

Section: Plants and Plant communities in Japan (2016)


April 17 2017

Guidance
Map What is environmental science?
Climate in Japan: temperature and precipitation
Sakura front (cherry blossom front)

Equation for predicting the date of cherry blossom
Changes in date of cherry blossom may change animal behavior

Vegetation map in the world (and self-introduction)
Question: find out the common characteristics of the five species

Trillium kamtschaticum Pall. (Liliaceae)

= Emblem of Hokkaido University

Corydalis ambigua Cham. et Schlecht. (Papaveraceae)
Anemone raddeana Regel (Ranunculaceae)
Scopolia japonica Maxim. (Solanaceae)
Gagea lutea (L.) Ker-Gawl. (Liliaceae)

Vegetation map in Japan

Deciduous and evergreen forests

Spring ephemerals
Introduction of instructors
Supplements (for field trip)

April 24 2017

Keywords Number of exotic species in Japan
Prediction of ecosystem changes derived by global warming
Seed dispersal
Relationship between seed dispersal types and succession
Migration pace on plant communities with reference to seed dispersal types
Snow
Dorso-ventral structure in Japan
Straight and dwarf forms of trees
Skislope vegetation

IPCC AR5
Procedure on skislope establishment
Problems (not only natural but also living problems)
Miscanthus sinensis: may be keystone species on skislopes in Japan

Vertical distribution in Hokkaido
Mixed forest

Routes of plant immigration for 2 million years

Disturbances
Scale, frequency, and intensity
Intermediate hypothesis (or theory)
Look at the campus
Flood - disturbance-maintained plant communities

May 22 2017

Field trip: see the flora list and map
Get gather this lecture room by 14:45
We go to a tiny field trip for watching plants in Hokkaido, if the weather is not so bad. (It was cloudy. No problem for the trip.)
Keep in mind
Prepare something you need, if you do not like to meet disasters, such as mosquito attack and drizzle.
During the trip, mention the seed dsipersal types of plants.

Field equipment

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