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Field work in integrated environmental research (統合自然環境調査法実習)

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

[ Objectives | Guidance (2019) | flora and fauna recorded (Japanese)]
[Field trip (野外実習), Field equipments (野外調査道具)]
Formerly, field training on integrated environmental research

Wind cave
Wind cave (風穴) near Nukabira Lake, eastern Hokkaido, on June 27 2013. The vegetation is specific, due to the temperature.
Training of stream and wetland surveys on June 3 2014. The river is enclosed by an alder forest.
observed a specific alpine ecosystem
developed on Mount Apoi on June 15 2016


Course objectives
To learn identification of major plant and animal species, and techniques on ecological and meteorological researches with regional scale.
Course goals
To understand the principles of identification and methods on ecosystem researches.
Course schedule
  • Identification of animals and plants distributed in Hokkaido
    • Identification of more than 50 plant species
    • Sampling methods of insects and identification of main insect orders
    • Observing birds and mammals
    • Sampling methods and identification of aquatic insects and fishes
  • Obtaining observation techniques on meteorological elements on terrestrial systems

Guidance (2019)


Date: May 8 (Wed.)
Time: 16:15- (probably less than 1 hour)
Room: A102, GSES
Because we will explain the content, cost, notice, etc. in the guidance, students who wish joining the field trip must attend the guidance. There is the upper limit of number of attendants. If you are unable to attend the guidance, it is necessary to inform the person in charge (Sato; see the bottom) in advance.

Contact: (Ext 2283)

Schedule in 2018
25 8:30: leave → AMeDAS → Uryu Experimental Forest (UEF), established insect traps and weather stations → on plant taxonomy
26 8:30: observation of UEF → practice on stream ecosystems
27 8:30: Matsuyama wetland (bog) → checked instruments → on climate
28 8:30: recovered the instruments → data check and analysis → on aquatic insect taxonomy
29 8:30: Presentation and exam → re-exam → GSES (Hokkaido-styled BBQ party)
26 8:30: leave → Furano EFUT, established insect traps and weather stations

Checking weather stations and pitfall traps
in a forest on June 28 2017.

27 7:00: Mount Tokachi
28 8:30: sweeping along Sorach River → recovered traps
29 8:30: aquatic insect and fish → Recovered all the loggers and traps → data analysis
30 8:30: presentation and exam → re-exam → 16:15 GSES (Hokkaido-styled BBQ party)
on Teshio River in 2012
In Shizukari wetland on June 15 2015.
Practice of stream survey on June 17 2015.

Past field trips


13 8:30: Leave → Uryu Experimental Forest → established insect traps and weather station
14 9:00: Shunbetsu River → measurements
15 8:30: Mount Apoi
16 9:00: Sweeping → data analysis, recovered traps and loggers → mini-presentation
17 8:30: Preparation of presentaiton → presentation/exam → re-exam → GSES


15 8:30*: Leave → Shizukari Wetland → Sunasaki Sand Dune → Store → Usujiri
16 8:30: Insect traps → Mount Koma
17 8:30: Hakodate Meteorological Observatory → O-numa Lake
18 8:30: Recover traps, sweeping → Data analyses
19 08:40: Exam. → 11:30 Leave → 17:50 GSES
*: delay due to a student

2014 (June 30, Mon - July 4, Fri)

Location: on and around Akkeshi Marine Station, Hokkaido University
Rendezvous: at 7:00 in front of GSES (Do not forget to carry your lunch)
30 (M) 7:00: Akkeshi (arbitrarily observations, arrival at 15:00)
setting up equipmetns

Lecture: how to identify plants

01(T): Climate profile, Daikoku Island, sampling planktons

Lecture: aquatic insects

02(W): Kushiro Climate Observatory, reseraches on riverine ecosystems, bird watching

Lecture: climate data

03(T): Researches on stream ecosystems, insects

Lecture and data analysis

04(F): Exam. (plant, aquatic insect, and climate) / Re-exam

Return GSES

2013 (June 24, Mon - 28 Fri)

Location: on and around Ashoro Experimental Forest, Kyushu University
Rendezvous: at 8:30 in front of GSES (Do not forget to carry your lunch)
24 (M) 8:30: Obihiro·Otofuke (arbitrarily observations, arrival at 17:00)

Tomamu: aquatic insects, and fish
Lecture: how to identify plants

25(T): Mount Meakan and in the Experimental Forest: vertical distributions and volcanic ecosystems

Lecture: aquatic insects

26(W): Satsunai River and others: reseraches on riverine ecosystems, bird watching
Lecture: wind caves, climate data
27(T): Mount Higashi-nupukaushinupuri and Komadome Lake: researches on wind caves

Lecture: taxonomy

28(F): Exam. (plant, aquatic insect, and climate)

Obihiro Climate Observatory
Return GSES

Lily Usu Crayfish