HSP2017 AH2018



Updated on 2018/3/2

Hours & Venue

  • Wednesday 16:50-18:35 (Only First Guidance (April 11), Midterm Evaluation (May 2), and Final Evaluation (July 11&18), Awarding (July 25)
  • Lecture room #13, in Eng. Building 1, Hongo Campus


  • Kei YOSHIMURA (kei"at"iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp)
  • Yoshimitsu TAJIMA (yoshitaji"at"coastal.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp)


In the Hydrosphere Science Project (HSP), we provide opportunities for students to practice hydrosphere-related research in a short period of time. Specifically, students will acquire, organize, and analyze various data on the hydrosphere environment across multiple academic fields that make up the Hydrosphere Environmental Group, make presentations during the course, and compile a report. Through this series of experiences, we aim that students will acquire the practical skills necessary for subsequent Master's (Doctor’s) research. Regarding research conducted in this course, we strongly recommend that students widely disseminate results to the public, such as presenting in academic conference or writing a paper for scientific journals after taking classes with advisor’s support.

How it works

  • On the first lecture (April 11th), the topics that students should take are presented. These topics are proposed by the teachers/staffs of the Hydrosphere Environmental Group. Though the theme setting itself is an important process of research, that process will be skipped in HSP. During the first week (April 11th to 17th), students send Email to Yoshimura with your preferred topics (up to 3 topics with priority order). On April 18th, the first topic assignment will be announced. During the second week (April 18th to 25th), those students who haven’t been decided will send Email to Yoshimura in the same manner as the first round (up to 3 topics with priority order) but from the remained topics. The final topic assignment will fixed on April 25th. Please do not choose the topic provided by the supervisor of student’s graduation research from the reason that we would like students to have a wide range of interest.
  • In HSP, there are only three occasions that all of students and advisors gather; first guidance, mid-term presentation, and final presentation. During the course, students will proceed his/her research through individual meetings with an advisor who has offered the selected topic. Sometimes we will hold seminars on common skills (programming, analysis and visualization techniques using specific software, etc.), but attendance is not essential (it does not even apply to grades).
  • On May 2nd, we will hold mid-term presentation. In the mid-term presentation, please present about the background, importance, etc. of the selected topic and the subsequent research plan in about 10 minutes for each student, along with the reason for choosing the topic. Students may include the initial results that he/she has done so far, but it is not mandatory.
  • On July 11 (18th for reserve), we will hold a final presentation. In the final presentation, in approximately 15 minutes for each student, as well as the mid-term presentation, please describe the background of the topic, show the results of the analysis etc. done by him/herself, and state the conclusion based on the analysis.
  • Finally, please submit a report that summarizes a series of research work to Yoshimura and his/her advisor by 24:00 on July 31. We do not specify its amount, but a concise report is preferred than lengthy one.
  • Mid-term presentation, final presentation, and report will be in English. The language used for discussion with advisors is free.


  • 10% Mid-term presentation
  • 30% Final presentation
  • 50% Report
  • 10% Attendance

List of advisors (alphabetical)

  • Takeyoshi Chibana: River Engineering, River Basin Environment, Geomorphology in River Basin
  • Kenshi Hibino: climate change assessment, dynamical downscaling, land and river modeling
  • Koji Ikeuchi: Water-Related Disasters and Disaster Risk Management, Risk Assessment of Water Disaster, Conservation and Restoration of River Environment, Policy on water and disaster management
  • Akiyuki Kawasaki: Water-related disasters and its impact on society, disaster risk reduction
  • Masashi Kiguchi: Climatology/Meteorology and air-land interaction in monsoon region
  • Hyungjun Kim: Hydroclimatology, Terrestrial Hydro-Energy-Eco System interactions, Model data integration and uncertainty estimation
  • Yoshiaki Kuriyama: Coastal Engineering, Nearshore Dynamics, Coastal Processes
  • Tomoko Nitta: Terrestrial hydrological cycles in cold regions, land-atmosphere coupling, land surface modelling
  • Kazuo Oki: Remote Sensing for Terrestrial Environments; Environmental Monitoring and Modeling
  • Taikan Oki: Global Hydrology, World Water Resources, Adaptation to Climate Change, Millennium Sustainability
  • Yukihiko Onuma: Modeling for snow algal growth, Glaciology
  • Takenori Shimozono: Coastal Engineering
  • Yoshimitsu Tajima: Coastal Engineering
  • Satoshi Watanabe: Impact Assessment of Climate and Socioeconomic Change
  • Yusuke Yamanaka: Tsunami dynamics, Tsunami/Earthquake modeling
  • Dai Yamazaki: River and flood modeling, Remote sensing & big data analysis
  • Takao Yoshikane: Regional Climate and Meteorology, Regional Earth System Modeling, Risk Communication and Visualization, Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Kei Yoshimura: Climate and Hydrology, Isotope Meteorology, Land Surface Processes, Dynamical Downscaling

Previous Achievement

HSP2018 Best Poster Awardee

  • Yuya Kageyama: Reconsideration of Design Rainfall: Using Ensemble Simulations (supervised by Prof. S.Watanabe)
  • Sachini Pathirana: Global Lake Watch (supervised by Prof. Kim)
  • Tomoki Shiozawa: Study on the operating methods considering both water utilization and water control in hydropower dam (supervised by Prof. Kawasaki)
  • Daisuke Tokuda: Deep Learning to Predict River Stages (supervised by Prof. Kim)