HSP2020 HSP2019 HSP2018 HSP2017


Updated on 2021/3/22

Hours & Venue

  • Wednesday 16:50-18:35 (Only First Guidance (April 7), Midterm Evaluation (May 12), and Final Evaluation and Awarding Ceremony (July 14) )
  • Online. URL will be announce by UTAS/ITC-LMS.


  • 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 7th), 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 7th to 14th), students fill the form with your preferred topics (up to 3 topics with priority order). On April 14th, the first topic assignment will be announced. During the second week (April 14th to 21st), those students who haven’t been decided will fill the form 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 21st. 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 12th, 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 14th, we will hold a final presentation. In the final presentation, students will give oral or poster presentation depending on number of participants. In either case, 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. A few “best presentations” will be awarded in the honorably celebration afterwards.
  • 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)

(will be updated. Note that below is for HSP2020)

  • Shrestha Badri
  • Seemanta Bhagabati
  • Alexandre CAUQUOIN
  • 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
  • Hitomu Kotani
  • Revel MENAKA
  • Masashi Minamide
  • 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
  • Victor PELLET
  • Takenori Shimozono: Coastal Engineering
  • Yoshimitsu Tajima: Coastal Engineering
  • Satoshi Watanabe: Impact Assessment of Climate and Socioeconomic Change
  • Lianhui Wu
  • 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
  • Xudong ZHOU

Previous Achievement

HSP2021 Best Presentation Awardee

  • Shuping LI, Soil moisture-vegetation covariation from more than 1,000 in-situ soil moisture observations (Sawada)
  • Takumi BANNAI, Heavy rainfall prediction using anomaly detection with deep learning (Kaneko)
  • Meiwan GENG, Improvement of precipitation prediction using machine learning (Yin)
  • Qiang GUO, Future change of extreme precipitation events and their physical mechanism (Hibino)